Critical essays on Shakespeare's A lover's complaint: Suffering ecstasy

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Despite the outpour of interpretations, from critics of all schools, on Shakespeare's dramatic works and other poetic works, A Lover's Complaint has been almost totally ignored by criticism. This collection of essays is designed to bring to the poem the attention it deserves for its beauty, its aesthetic, psychological and conceptual complexity, and its representation of its cultural moment. A series of readings of A Lover's Complaint, particularly engaging with issues of psychoanalysis and gender, the volume cumulatively builds a detailed picture of the poem, its reception, and its critical neglect. The essays in the volume, by leading Shakespeareans, open up this important text before scholars, and together generate the long-overdue critical conversation about the many intriguing facets of the poem.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages203
ISBN (Electronic)9781315258874
ISBN (Print)9780754603450
StatePublished - 15 May 2017


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