Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama

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University of Missouri Press, 1990 - 224 pages
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Many nineteenth-century writers believed that the best tragedy should be read rather than performed, and they have often been attacked for their views by later critics. Through detailed analysis of Coleridge's Shakespearean Criticism, Lamb's On the Tragedies of Shakespeare, and Hazlitt's Characters of Shakespeare's Plays, Heller shows that in their concern with educating the reader these Romantics anticipate twentieth-century reader response criticism, educational theory, and film criticism.


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Janet Ruth Heller currently serves as president of the Michigan College English Association. In addition to Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama, she has written an award-winning children's book about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (2006), and the poetry books Traffic Stop (2011), Folk Concert: Changing Times (2012), and Exodus (2014). She recently published a middle-grade fiction chapter book, The Passover Surprise (2015).

Heller served as the editor of the literary anthology Primavera from 1974 to 1982 and is the author of numerous articles in Theatre Journal, The Eighteenth Century, Poetics, Shakespeare Bulletin, Nineteenth-Century Prose, Twentieth Century Literature, College English, and other journals. Her website is http: //

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