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Are there collections of pre-20th-century Shakespeare criticism, esp. focusing on individual plays?

Collections that reprint criticism normally don't focus on pre-twentieth-century criticism; in modern collections, 20th-century criticism typically dominates. One of the best series that reprint ...
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Approaching Beowulf scholarship - how to begin?

I have written up this guide in a way that should also be helpful for researching other work and authors from English literature, but the resources found are specific to Beowulf. The general approach ...
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What was the first instance of the use of a Closed Time loop as a plot device in a published piece of American science fiction?

Here is a possible answer to your title question, copied from my answer to the scifi.stackexchange question What was the first 'time loop' story featuring the bootstrap paradox?. Unfortunately, I'm ...
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How to develop a critical standpoint?

Read more. Take classes especially that teach techniques of literary analysis such as deconstruction, reader response, etc. Even a creative writing course that might teach 'scansion' for instance, ...
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Are there collections of pre-20th-century Shakespeare criticism, esp. focusing on individual plays?

While I'm not sure what you mean by "comprehensive primary source readers for criticism of Shakespeare," to answer your primary question: One collection of pre-20th century Shakespeare ...
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Why is the separation between literary criticism and literary theory controversial?

I'm not aware of any controversy as such, more that these are somewhat nebulous fields with a degree of overlap. But it strikes me that one can make a dividing line between literary theory and ...
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What does "layering of roles" mean in this sentence?

One of the main themes of Pirandello's works is certainly the fragmentation of the Ego, see Uno, nessuno, cento mila, Il fu Mattia Pascal, etc. This fragmentation is metaphorized with the concept of ...
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Are there collections of pre-20th-century Shakespeare criticism, esp. focusing on individual plays?

The publishing house W.W. Norton publishes editions of the usual titles one would study in school, supplemented with critical essays. (Looking at their website, I see they offer one about Shakespeare, ...
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