Adams, Elsie B. “Bernard Shaw's Pre-Raphaelite Drama.” PMLA 81, no. 5 (October 1966): 428-38.
Investigates the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite movement on Shaw's dramas.
Albert, Sidney P. “Bernard Shaw: The Artist as Philosopher.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 14, no. 4 (June 1956): 419-38.
Underscores the importance of philosophical concerns to Shaw's dramas.
———. “The Lord's Prayer and Major Barbara.” Shaw: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies 1 (1981): 107-28.
Traces Shaw's lifelong fascination with the Lord's Prayer and explores its function in Major Barbara.
———. “The Mood of Barbara Revisited: Shaw, Jevons, and the Syllogism.” Independent Shavian 32, nos. 2-3 (1994): 29-36.
Traces the influence of William Stanley Jevons's The Theory of Political Economy on Shaw's dramatic oeuvre.
Amalric, Jean-Claude. “Shaw's Man and Superman and the Myth of Don Juan: Intertextuality and Irony.” Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens, no. 33 (April 1991): 103-14.
Discusses the Don Juan theme in Man and Superman and determines the influence of the opera Don Giovanni and the mythical story of Don Juan on Shaw's play.
Amkpa, Awam. “Drama and the Languages of Postcolonial Desire: Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.” Irish University Review 29, no. 2 (autumn 1999): 294-304.
Interprets Pygmalion and the 1937 cinematic adaptation of the play as Shaw's attempts “to map out the crises of European modernity, its colonizing dominant culture and its captivating hold on the psyche of the subordinated social classes.”
Berst, Charles A. “Romance and Reality in Arms and the Man.” Modern Language Quarterly 27, no. 2 (June 1966): 197-211.
Contends that Arms and the Man is “highly subtle, complex, and philosophically challenging, creating at its best a high comedy which is a synthesis of both tragicomic sensibility and penetrating social perception.”
———. “The Devil and Major Barbara.” PMLA 83, no. 1 (March 1968): 71-9.
Considers Shaw's political and philosophical thought as expressed in Major Barbara.
Blanch, Robert J. “The Myth of Don Juan in Man and Superman.” Revue des Langues Vivantes 33, no. 2 (1967): 158-63.
Traces the origins of the Don Juan myth and describes its function in Man and Superman.
Couchman, Gordon W. “Here Was a Caesar: Shaw's Comedy Today.” PMLA 72, no. 1 (March 1957): 272-85.
Discusses Caesar and Cleopatra as comic opera, fantasy, and historical drama.
Crane, Gladys. “Shaw's Comic Techniques in Man and Superman.” Educational Theatre Journal 27, no. 1 (March 1971): 13-21.
Elucidates Shaw's use of comedy in Man and Superman.
Garner, Stanton B., Jr. “Shaw's Comedy of Disillusionment.” Modern Drama 28, no. 4 (December 1985): 638-58.
Examines the role of disillusionment in Shaw's dramatic work.
Higgs, Calvin T., Jr. “Shaw's Use of Vergil's Aeneid in Arms and the Man.” Shaw Review 19, no. 1 (January 1976): 2-16.
Considers Shaw's use of Vergil's epic Aeneid in his Arms and the Man.
Hoeveler, Diane Long. “Shaw's Vision of God in Major Barbara.” The Independent Shavian 17, nos. 1-2 (1979): 16-18.
Regards Major Barbara as “a pivotal drama in which Shaw translates his philosophical views into the more accessible and universal language of religious symbols.”
Innes, Christopher, ed. The Cambridge Companion to George Bernard Shaw Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, 343 p.
Collection of critical essays.
Jewkes, W. T. “The Faust Theme in Major Barbara.” Shaw Review 21, no. 2 (May 1978): 80-91.
Explores the connection of the Faust myth to Major Barbara.
Jordan, Robert J. “Theme and Character in Major Barbara.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 12, no. 3 (fall 1970): 471-80.
Finds a connection between Major Barbara and Man and Superman.
Marshik, Celia. “Parodying the £5 Virgin: Bernard Shaw and the Playing of Pygmalion.” Yale Journal of Criticism 13, no. 2 (fall 2000): 321-41.
Views Pygmalion as a parody of the purity social movement popular...
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