Focussing on All's Well that Ends Well, Measure for Measure and Troilus and Cressida, Nicholas Marsh uses close analysis of extracts from the plays to build the reader's confidence when approaching Shakespeare's Problem Plays, and exploring the unresolved competing discourses they dramatise. In the first part of the text, chapters on Openings, Young Men, Women, Politics and Society, Fools and fools, and Drama highlight the multiple interpretations these plays provoke. In the second part, discussion of where the Problem Plays stand in relation to Shakespeare's life and works, a chapter about the historical and cultural context, and a comparison of five critical views, with suggestions for further reading, provide a bridge towards further study.
NICHOLAS MARSH teaches English at Francis Holland School, Regent's Park, London, and is Fellow of the English Association. He is author of the popular How to Begin Studying English Literature, now in its third edition, the Master Guide of The Wife of Bath's Tale, and many titles in the Analysing Texts series, of which he is also the General Editor.