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Caroline drama : a bibliographic history of criticism / Rachel Fordyce.

By: Fordyce, Rachel.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Reference publication in literature: Publisher: Boston : G.K. Hall, c1978Description: xix, 203 p. ; 27 cm.ISBN: 0816179522; 9780816179527.Subject(s): English drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism -- BibliographyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Caroline drama.DDC classification: 016.822/509 LOC classification: Z2014.D7 | F67 | PR671
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PR671 .F6 1978 (Browse shelf) Available 0000100329549

Includes indexes.

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Doubling the number of items included in her first edition (CH, Jul'78), Fordyce arranges entries for 1,602 "notes, articles, monographs, books, dissertations, or prefatory material to editions of plays" published through 1989 in sections for general reference and bibliographies, textual studies, criticism (cumulating the first edition's sections for major and lesser playwrights), and stage histories. Coverage is international and Fordyce identifies many non-English language items that escaped the first edition. Specific, well-written annotations describe critical focuses and contents, note appendixes and bibliographies, cite reprintings, and identify other relevant works not within Fordyce's scope, but give little indication of the relative importance of any particular item. Fordyce has generally altered only the wording of descriptions for previously recorded items. Extensive indexes for titles of plays and "early sources" and very specific subjects e.g., names of persons, places, and characters; themes of plays ("adultery," "futility"); types of criticism ("deconstructionism," "Marxist readings") afford solid access. As in the first edition, however, tracking items for any one playwright requires multiple lookups: e.g., for Jonson, one must consult his name, titles of individual plays, "Sons of Ben," "Sources," and probably elsewhere. This guide supplements a number of bibliographies for individual playwrights, e.g., Ruth K. Zimmer's James Shirley: A Reference Guide (1980), Sophia B. Blaydes and Philip Bordinat's Sir William Davenant: An Annotated Bibliography, 1629-1985 (CH, Jun'86), and Mark J.Lidman's Studies in Jacobean Drama, 1973-1984: An Annotated Bibliography (CH, Oct'86) not cited by Fordyce which covers Massinger, Ford, Brome, and Shirley. Recommended for academic libraries supporting research on 17th-century drama. J. K. Bracken; Ohio State University

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