George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara

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HAROLD BLOOM, Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University, is the author of The Anxiety of Influence, Poetry and Repression, and many other volumes of literary criticism. His forthcoming study, Freud: Transference and Authority, attempts a full-scale reading of all of Freud's major writings. A MacArthur Prize Fellow, he is general editor of five series of literary criticism published by Chelsea House. During 1987-88, he served as Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University.

BARBARA BELLOW WATSON teaches English at the City College of New York. She is author of The Shavian Guide to the Intelligent Woman. Her poetry as well as her criticism appears in The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, Kenyon Review, and Harper's.

WILLIAM G. McCOLLOM was Professor of English and Dramatic Arts at Case Western Reserve University. He wrote Tragedy and The Divine Average: A View of Comedy, as well as many articles.

MARGERY M. MORGAN is Reader in English at the University of Lancaster. She is author of A Drama of Political Man: A Study in the Plays of Harley Granville-Barker and The Shavian Playground.

J. L. WISENTHAL is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia and editor of Shaw and Ibsen: Bernard Shaw's The Quintessence of Ibsenism and Related Writings.

ALFRED TURCO, JR., teaches English at Wesleyan University.

J. PERCY SMITH, formerly Vice President of the University of Guelph, Canada, is Professor Emeritus of Drama. He has published extensively on Shaw.

STANTON B. GARNER, JR., is Professor of Drama at the University of Michigan.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Modern Critical Interpretations *
  • George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara *
  • Contents *
  • Editor's Note vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Sainthood for Millionaires 13
  • Shaw's Comedy and Major Barbara 33
  • Skeptical Faith 49
  • The Marriage of Contraries 75
  • Shaw's Moral Vision 103
  • Shaw's Own Problem Play 133
  • Shaw's Comedy of Disillusionment 153
  • Chronology 165
  • Contributors 167
  • Bibliography 169
  • Acknowledgments 175
  • Index 177
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