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"My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!"
"Star-crossed" Romeo and Juliet are Shakespeare's most famous lovers. A staple of high school reading lists, the tragedy especially resonates with young adult readers who, like Romeo and Juliet, have experienced the exhilarating and perilous phenomenon of being "in love".
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Given the tragic ending of the play, what does Shakespeare illustrate about his teen protagonists: Are they the hapless victims of fate, or are they responsible for the poor choices they make? Is their love the "real thing", or is it self-indulgent passion run amok? These are some of the ever relevant questions discussed in this critical edition of Romeo and Juliet.
A look at the essays
- "Romeo and Juliet on Film" – James Bemis
- "A Rose by Any Other Name: The Plague of Language in Romeo and Juliet" – Crystal Downing
- "Why Juliet Makes the Torches to Burn Bright: The Luminous Quality of Beauty" – Richard Harp
- "The Crossing of Love: Shakespeare's Chiastic Wit in Romeo and Juliet" – Andrew J. Harvey
- "A Case against Natural Magic: Shakespeare's Friar Lawrence as Romeo and Juliet's Near-Tragic Hero" – Jill Kriegel
- "Fools for Love? Shakespeare's Qualified Defense of Romeo and Juliet" – Jonathan Marks
- "Romeo and Juliet and the Petrarchan Love Poetry Tradition" – Rebecca Munro
- "Romeo and Juliet: The 'True Ground of All These Piteous Woes'" – Stephen Zelnick
Joseph Pearce situates the reader with an introductory essay.
Books by Author
by last name, except for Wm. Shakespeare
Meet the Minds behind the Romeo and Juliet Edition
Joseph Pearce is Writer in Residence and Associate Professor of Literature at Ave Maria University. He is editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press, as well as co-editor of the Saint Austin Review (or StAR), an international review of Christian culture, literature, and ideas published in England (Family Publications) and the United States (Sapientia Press). He is the author of two books on Shakespeare and has also written biographies and critical studies of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, OscarWilde, G. K. Chesterton, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
James Bemis is an editorial board member, weekly columnist, and film critic for California Political Review and is a frequent contributor to Latin Mass Magazine. His five-part series "Through the Eyes of the Church", on the Vatican's list of the forty-five "Most Important Films in the Century of Cinema", was published in the Wanderer. His essays on film adaptations of King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth have appeared in the Ignatius Critical Editions of the plays. He is currently writing a book on Christianity, culture, and the cinema.
With a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Crystal Downing has published on a wide variety of literary topics, from Shakespeare to the Brontës, and has won both national and international awards for her essays on film. Much of her recent scholarship focuses on the relationship between postmodernism and faith. Her first book, Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers (Palgrave), was granted the Barbara Reynolds Award for outstanding Sayers scholarship in 2009. Her second book, How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith (IVP Academic) is used as a textbook in college and seminary classrooms throughout North America.
Downing taught Shakespeare for many years at UCLA before taking a position at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, where she is professor of English and film studies. In addition to presentations at academic conferences, her work on Shakespeare has appeared in College Literature and Literature/Film Quarterly.
Richard Harp is chair of the Department of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is founding coeditor of the Ben Jonson Journal (Edinburgh University Press), which publishes articles and reviews on all respects of Renaissance literature. He has published The Cambridge Companion to Ben Jonson (Cambridge University Press, 2001) with Stanley Stewart, fellow co-founder of the journal. He has also published books (with Robert Evans) on Frank O'Connor and Brian Friel and articles on other aspects of Irish literature. His article on Father Martin D'Arcy's unpublished literary correspondence was the cover story in the Times Literary Supplement on December 11, 2009.
Andrew J. Harvey
Andrew J. Harvey, associate professor of English, teaches at Grove City College. A scholar of Renaissance and medieval British literature who frequents the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, as well as the Folger Shakespeare Library, he is a convert to the Orthodox Church at peace with the beauty of theology and literature.
Critical Essays In
Jill Kriegel earned her PhD in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University. With emphases in nineteenth-century British literature and ancient Greek and early Christian philosophy, her dissertation explores Augustinian echoes in the novels of Charles Dickens. She has published articles in the Saint Austin Review (StAR) and Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture. In addition, she is editor of the Ignatius Critical Edition of Great Expectations and the forthcoming edition of Jane Eyre. Jill teaches English at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Greenville, South Carolina.
Jonathan Marks is associate professor of politics at Ursinus College. He is the author of Perfection and Disharmony in the Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Dr. Rebecca Munro, PhD Baylor University, teaches English at Belmont Abbey College, specializing in Shakespeare, the British Renaissance, and Medieval literature. Her essays on Romeo and Juliet and Othello are included in the Ignatius Critical Editions of the plays. She has contributed several book reviews to Boston College's Religion and the Arts, served as juror for the Lilly Fellows annual book award, and presented papers on Shakespeare, Renaissance, and Medieval literature. At Belmont Abbey College, she is at the center of vibrant creative activity as advisor for the prize-winning student-edited literary journal Agora as well as for the school's creative writing club WIT, Writers in Training. Activities that spring from both include four yearly on-campus celebrations of literary art and music, which she hosts with her editors.
Stephen Zelnick, PhD, teaches British literature at Temple University and has written on William Shakespeare, Daniel Defoe, Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as on curriculum design. He is cofounder of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, has directed Temple's Intellectual Heritage Program, and has served as vice provost for undergraduate studies. He also consults on international curriculum projects.