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Critical Survey

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Critical Survey addresses central issues of critical practice and literary theory in a language that is clear, concise, and accessible, with a primary focus on Renaissance and Modern writing and culture. The journal combines criticism with creative writing, including poetry, providing an essential resource for everyone involved in the field of literary studies.

"A superb journal, fast becoming 'required reading', especially for those interested in cutting-edge work in early modern studies." —Barbara Hodgdon, Drake University

"A lively, inventive and eminently readable journal." —Catherine Belsey

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Subjects: English-language Literature

Current Issue

Volume 28, Issue 3


Special Issue: Arab Shakespeares

Guest Editors: Katherine Hennessey and Margaret Litvin


Katherine Hennessey and Margaret Litvin


The Taming of the Tigress: Faṭima Rushdī and the First Performance of Shrew in Arabic
David C. Moberly

Beyond Colonial Tropes: Two Productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Palestine
Samer al-Saber

Othello in Oman: Aḥmad al-Izkī’s Fusion of Shakespeare and Classical Arab Epic
Katherine Hennessey

ʿAbd al-Raḥīm Kamāl’s Dahsha: An Upper Egyptian Lear
Noha Mohamad Mohamad Ibraheem

Bringing Lebanon’s Civil War Home to Anglophone Literature: Alameddine’s Appropriation of Shakespeare’s Tragedies
Yousef Awad

Egypt between Two Shakespeare Quadricentennials 1964–2016: Reflective Remarks in Three Snapshots
Hazem Azmy

On Translating Shakespeare’s Sonnets into Arabic
Mohamed Enani

The Quest for the Sonnet: The Origins of the Sonnet in Arabic Poetry
Kamal Abu-Deeb


Ophelia Is Not Dead at 47: An Interview with Nabyl Lahlou
Khalid Amine


An Arabian Night with Swedish Direction: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Egypt and Sweden, 2003
Reviewed by Robert Lyons

The Perfect, Impossible Love: 175 Three Egyptian Film Adaptations of Romeo and Juliet
Reviewed by Rafik Darragi

Book Review of Four Arab Hamlet Plays, edited by Marvin Carlson and Margaret Litvin with Joy Arab
Reviewed by Karma Sami

Book Review of Bourdieu in Translation Studies:The Socio-Cultural Dynamics of Shakespeare Translation in Egypt, by Sameh Hanna
Reviewed by Nahrain Al-Mousawi

Book Review of This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World, by Jerry Brotton
Reviewed by Joseph Khoury

Book Review of Shakespeare and Tyranny: Regimes of Reading in Europe and Beyond, edited by Keith Gregor
Reviewed by Robert Lyons

Editorial Afterword

Graham Holderness


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