Pericles | Critical Essay by F. David Hoeniger

This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of Pericles.
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Critical Essay by F. David Hoeniger

SOURCE: Hoeniger, F. David. “Gower and Shakespeare in Pericles.Shakespeare Quarterly 33, no. 4 (winter 1982): 461-79.

In the following essay, Hoeniger outlines the plot of Pericles, noting the play's appeal to live audiences and paying special attention to the figure of Gower. The critic maintains that at certain points in the play, Shakespeare attempted to create a burlesque that mocked antiquated literary conventions.

In this essay I wish to propose an entirely new approach to Pericles which arises from the conviction that critics have not yet grasped the play's highly unusual character and technique. Because large parts of the play, particularly its first two acts, seem to critical readers so obviously defective and crude, both in style and in dramaturgy, we may be surprised by the evidence that in Shakespeare's own time and for a generation...

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