The Taming of the Shrew: Selected Bibliography

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Brooks, Charles. "Shakespeare's Romantic Shrews." 1960.
Topic: Katherine's transformation from willful shrew to a spirited wife. Grade: B
Crocker, Holly A. "Affective Resistance: Performing Passivity and Playing a-Part in 'The Taming of the Shrew'." 2003.
Topic: Wrong ideas about women. Grade: D-
Daniell, David. "The Good Marriage of Katherine and Petruchio." 1984.
Topic: Theatricality as the key to understanding the relationship between Katherine and Petruchio. Grade: C
Heilman, Robert B. "The Taming Untamed, or, The Return of the Shrew." 1966.
Topic: The play as farce. Grade: B
Hibbard, George R. "The Taming of the Shrew: A Social Comedy." 1964.
Topic: How the play "comes out in favour of the match based on real knowledge and experience." Grade: A
Jayne, Sears. "The Dreaming of the Shrew." 1966.
Topic: How and why to produce the play as Sly's dream. Grade: C
Kahn, Coppélia. "Coming of Age: Marriage and Manhood in Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew." 1981.
Topic: Shakespeare's wise insights into the interdependency of men and women. Grade: A
Lanier, Douglas. "Julie Taymor." 2008.
Topic: Julie Taymor's directorial vision. Grade: A
Novy, Marianne L. "Patriarchy and Play in The Taming of the Shrew." 1984.
Topic: Kate's transformation from Petruchio's antagonist to his partner. Grade: B+
Saccio, Peter. "Shrewd and Kindly Farce." 1984
Topic: Response to Robert Heilman's analysis of the play as a farce. Grade: C
Seronsy, Cecil C. "'Supposes' as the Unifying Theme in The Taming of the Shrew." 1963.
Topic: Shakespeare's transformation of a plot device into an animating theme. Grade: A
Soule, Lesley Wade. "Tumbling Tricks: Presentational Structure and 'The Taming of the Shrew'." 2004
Topic: The Taming of the Shrew as sketch comedy. Grade: C
Tillyard, E.M.W. "The Taming of the Shrew." 1965.
Topics: The relationship between the two plots. The psychological methods of Petruchio's taming of Katherine. The characters of Tranio and Biondello. Grade: B