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The Cambridge companion to George Bernard Shaw /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Innes, C. D.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1998
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
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Online Access: Online version
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Veteran Shaw scholars and interested others alike will come away from this well-executed Cambridge Companion richer for the experience. Eight of the 15 essays focus on the plays themselves, offering fresh critical perspectives on Shaw's dramaturgy. Specifically, D.J. Gordon looks at Shavian comedy through the lens of Oscar Wilde; C. Innes highlights the distinctively discursive components of the corpus; F. Berg shows how triangular structuring devices convey the philosophical dimensions of Man and Superman and Major Barbara; T.C. Davis explores the use of binary oppositions (para-taxes) in relation to Shaw's anti-imperialist stance; M.H. Wikander examines Shaw's "reinventing" of the history play; R. Bryden illuminates the dream-like action of Heartbreak House in terms of a chess match; and F.J. Marker and T.F. Evans discuss the early and late works, respectively. In addition, four opening essays--by S. Peters, K.E. Kelly, C.A. Berst, and K. Powell--provide social and cultural contexts; and three concluding essays--by J. McDonald, J.L. Wisenthal, and R.G. Everding--look at Shaw's "theatre work and influence." A preface, illustrations, chapter notes, suggested readings, and a chronology complete the collection, which is eminently suitable for all academic libraries--undergraduate, graduate, and research. H. I. Einsohn; Middlesex Community-Technical College

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