The Merry Wives of Windsor | Critical Essay by Barbara Freedman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 41 pages of analysis & critique of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
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Critical Essay by Barbara Freedman

SOURCE: “Shakespearean Chronology, Ideological Complicity, and Floating Texts: Something Is Rotten in Windsor,” in Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 45, No. 2, Summer, 1994, pp. 190-210.

In the following essay, Freedman suggests that The Merry Wives of Windsor's confusing mixture of dramatic genres, topical references, and historical allusions cast doubt on the argument that the play was written for a single occasion.

I warrant he hath a thousand of these letters, writ with blank space for different names (sure, more!); and these are of the second edition.

(The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2.1.74-77)

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If at one time the literary scholar's double bind could be summed up by the conflicting imperatives “always deconstruct” and “always historicize,” at present a third command triangulates the critic's desire—always localize.1 In the context of...

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