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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Selected Bibliography

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Adams, Barry B. "The Prudence of Prince Escalus." 1968.
Topics: Prince Escalus, reason, fortune. Grade: C
Andrews, John F. "Falling in Love: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet." 1993.
Topics: love, tragedy. Grade: B
Ashcroft, Dame Peggy. "Romeo and Juliet." 1982.
Topics: tragedy, Juliet. Grade: B+
Auden, W. H. "Commentary on the Poetry and Tragedy of 'Romeo and Juliet'." 1958.
Topics: sin, selfishness, damnation. Grade: D
Black, James. "The Visual Artistry of Romeo and Juliet" 1975.
Topic: stage pictures. Grade: B
Bloom, Harold. Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. 1998.
Topic: The usual introductory stuff about Romeo and Juliet. Grade: C-
Bowling, Lawrence E. "The Thematic Framework of Romeo and Juliet." 1949.
Topic: "the wholeness and complexity of things" Grade: D
Brooke, Nicholas. Shakespeare's Early Tragedies. 1968.
Topic: comic and tragic elements? Grade: F
Brown, John Russell. "S. Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet." 1962.
Topic: Zeffirelli's stage production. Grade: A
Bruce, Brenda. "Nurse in Romeo and Juliet." 1985.
Topic: The Nurse's point of view. Grade: A.
Bryant, James C. "The Problematic Friar in Romeo and Juliet." 1974.
Topic: Friar Laurence's faults. Grade: C
Calderwood, James L. "Romeo and Juliet: A Formal Dwelling" 1971.
Topic: metadrama. Grade: F
Cartwright, Kent. Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Double:
The Rhythms of Audience Response. 1991.
Topic: "contrasts of presence and dissonance" Grade D-
Charney, Maurice. Shakespeare on Love and Lust. 2000.
Topic: tragedy. Grade: F
Dessen, Alan C. "Q1 Romeo and Juliet and Elizabethan Theatrical Vocabulary." 1995.
Topic: Q1 as an acting edition. Grade: C
Dickey, Franklin M. Not Wisely But Too Well: Shakespeare's Love Tragedies. 1957.
Topic: excessive love. Grade: B+
Draper, J. W. "Shakespeare's 'Star-Crossed Lovers'." 1959.
Topic: astrology, tragedy. Grade: D
Evans, Bertrand. "The Brevity of Friar Laurence." 1950.
Topic: "unawareness," fate. Grade: C
Evans, Robert O. The Osier Cage: Rhetorical Devices in Romeo and Juliet. 1966.
Topic: Evans' opinions about this and that. Grade: D-
Garber, Marjorie. "Romeo and Juliet: Patterns and Paradigms." 1979.
Topics: contrasts, Juliet. Grade: A
Granville-Barker, Harley. "Romeo and Juliet." 1947.
Topics: Shakespeare's mastery of plot and character, the fight between Romeo and Tybalt. Grade: A
Halio, Jay L. "Handy-Dandy: Q1/Q2 Romeo and Juliet." 1995.
Topic: Q1 as a performance text. Grade: C
Hapgood, Robert. "West Side Story and the Modern Appeal of Romeo and Juliet." 1972.
Topic: West Side Story. Grade: C
Harris, Julie. "Foreward to Romeo and Juliet." 1989.
Topics: Juliet, Julie Harris. Grade: D
Harrison, Thomas P. "Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream: Companion Plays." 1971.
Topic: similarities between the two plays. Grade: C-
Hazlitt, William. Characters of Shakespear's Plays. 1817.
Topic: Hazlitt's appreciation of Shakespeare's humanity. Grade: A
Hill, R. F. "Shakespeare's Early Tragic Mode." 1958.
Topic: natural and artificial modes of expression. Grade: A
Hodgdon, Barbara. "Absent Bodies, Present Voices:
Performance Work and the Close of Romeo and Juliet's Golden Story." 1989.
Topic: Hodgdon's avant-garde (as of 1989) theories about theatre. Grade: F
Holmer, Joan Ozark. "No 'Vain Fantasy':
Shakespeare's Refashioning of Nashe for Dreams and Queen Mab." 1995.
Topic: the source of Mercutio's Queen Mab speech. Grade: D.
Hosley, Richard. "The Use of the Upper Stage in Romeo and Juliet." 1954.
Topic: the use of the balcony. Grade: C
Jorgens, Jack. "Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet." 1977.
Topics: Zeffirelli's film, tragedy Grade: B
Kahn, Coppélia. "Coming of Age in Verona." 1977.
Topic: "patriarchal family values." Grade: B
Kristeva, Julia. "Romeo and Juliet: Love-Hatred in the Couple." 1987.
Topics: Shakespeare's psyche, Kristeva's theories. Grade: F-
Laroque, François. "Tradition and Subversion in Romeo and Juliet." 1995.
Topic: subversion vs. evil tradition Grade: D
Lawlor, John. "'Romeo and Juliet'." 1961.
Topic: tragedy. Grade: C-
Levenson, Jill L. "'Alla Stoccado carries it away':
Codes of Violence in Romeo and Juliet." 1985.
Topic: violence. Grade: B
-----. Shakespeare in Performance: Romeo and Juliet. 1987.
Topic: performance history. Grade: A
Levin, Harry. "Form and Formality in Romeo and Juliet." 1960.
Topics: stereotypes, poetic devices, character development. Grade:B
Limon, Jerzy. "Rehabilitating Tybalt:
A New Interpretation of the Duel Scene in Romeo and Juliet." 1995.
Topic: Tybalt's character. Grade: B
Maguin, Jean-Marie. "Shakespeare, Hypnos, and Thanatos:
Romeo and Juliet in the Space of Myth." 1995.
Topic: sleep vs. death. Grade: F
Mahood, M. M. "Romeo and Juliet." 1957.
Topics: Shakespeare's wordplay, tragedy, Romeo's character. Grade: A
McArthur, Herbert. "Romeo's Loquacious Friend." 1959.
Topic: opinions about Mercutio. Grade: B
McElroy, Bernard. Shakespeare's Mature Tragedies. 1973.
Topic: tragedy. Grade: C
McGuire, Philip C. "On the Dancing in Romeo and Juliet." 1981.
Topics: imagery, maturity, prudence. Grade: D
Melchiori, Giorgio. "Peter, Balthasar, and Shakespeare's Art of Doubling." 1983.
Topics: doubling, Q1 Grade: D
Moore, Olin H. The Legend of Romeo and Juliet 1950.
Topic: Shakespeare's sources. Grade: C
Nevo, Ruth. "Tragic Form in Romeo and Juliet." 1969.
Topic: tragedy. Grade: B
Newman, Paula, and George Walton Williams. "Paris: The Mirror of Romeo." 1982.
Topic: parallels between Paris and Romeo. Grade: D
Nosworthy, J. M. "The Two Angry Families of Verona." 1952.
Topic: tragedy. Grade: D
Novy, Marianne. "Violence, Love, and Gender in Romeo and Juliet." 1984.
Topics: gender, love Grade: B
Peterson, Douglas. "Romeo and Juliet and the Art of Moral Navigation." 1966.
Topic: Romeo and Juliet's wrong choices. Grade: D
Pettet, E. C. "The Imagery of Romeo and Juliet." 1950.
Topic: "the note of Fate and premonition" Grade: A
Porter, Joseph A. Shakespeare's Mercutio: His History and Drama. 1988.
Topics: Mercutio, trendy theories. Grade: F
Rabkin, Norman. Shakespeare and the Common Understanding. 1967.
Topics: tragedy, complementary contradictions. Grade: B
Ribner, Irving. Patterns in Shakesperian Tragedy. 1960.
Topic: Christian interpretation. Grade: C
Snow, Edward. "Language and Sexual Difference in Romeo and Juliet." 1985.
Topic: the superiority of women. Grade: C-
Snyder, Susan. "Romeo and Juliet: Comedy into Tragedy." 1970.
Topics: tragedy, Mercutio, Romeo. Grade: A
Tanselle, G. Thomas. "Time in Romeo and Juliet." 1964.
Topics: time references, "the sense of foreboding." Grade: A
Traversi, D. A. "From An Approach to Shakespeare." 1956.
Topic: love. Grade: C
Utterback, Raymond V. "The Death of Mercutio." 1973.
Topics: tragedy, destiny, moral choice. Grade: B
Van Doren, Mark. "Romeo and Juliet." 1993.
Topics: imagery, tone, love Grade: A
Wells, Stanley. "Juliet's Nurse: The Uses of Inconsequentiality." 1980.
Topics: the Nurse, Juliet. Grade: B
Williams, George W., ed. The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedie
of Romeo and Juliet: A Critical Edition. 1964.
Topic: texts. Grade: N/A