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SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, vol. 25

Edited by Gale Larson, and Edited by MaryAnn K. Crawford

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SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, vol. 25

Edited by Gale Larson, and Edited by MaryAnn K. Crawford

SHAW 25 offers eighteen articles, thirteen initially presented at the International Shaw Society conference, 17–21 March 2004, Sarasota, Florida. Additional conference and Shaw Festival Symposia information is provided in the Introduction.

 

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SHAW 25 offers eighteen articles, thirteen initially presented at the International Shaw Society conference, 17–21 March 2004, Sarasota, Florida. Additional conference and Shaw Festival Symposia information is provided in the Introduction.

Stanley Weintraub's conference keynote, "Shaw for the Here and Now," considers modernizing Shaw's plays, validating Shaw's creative force for today and into the future. Dan H. Laurence's delightful "Shaw's Children" shows a warm, caring, playful Shaw—a giver of self. Howard Ira Einsohn's article on gifting brings together Shaw, Ricoeur, and Derrida to explore the ethics of giving "superabundantly" but not foolishly. Jay Tunney reflects on the ways in which his father, boxer Gene Tunney, fits the personal and professional shoes of Shaw's Cashel Byron, with life imitating art.

In "Machiavelli, the Shark, and the Tinpot Tragedienne," Bernard F. Dukore delivers a rereading of Major Barbara that highlights characters and traits, revealing an ensnarling web of beliefs, values, actions, and consequences. Sidney P. Albert's essay explores connections between Major Barbara and Plato's Republic. Using a current theoretical lens, Vicki R. Kennell sees Pygmalion as a narrative literary bridge that predicates postmodern critiques. L.W. Conolly's research on Phillipa Summers reveals a model for Vivie Warren and provides insights into women's lives and education at the turn of the century.

In "Who's Modern Now? Shaw, Joyce, and Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken," Kathleen Ochshorn looks at the interrelationships of the three dramatists. Miriam Chirico rewrites critical opinion of You Never Can Tell, arguing that the play is a serious social critique, particularly of marriage. Citing two well-documented instances of Shaw-bashing, John A. Bertolini explores Shaw's responses and reveals Shaw's fair-mindedness. Hannes Schweiger's detailed research substantiates Shaw's influential connection to Viennese culture and politics. Valerie Barnes Lipscomb analyzes Shaw's use of age differences to subvert romantic expectations, thereby drawing greater attention to serious sociocultural issues.

Part II continues the legacy of Shaw scholarship with Charles A. Carpenter's must-read bibliographic piece, which reads like a mystery and gives a wealth of research information on Shaw. Focusing on the importance and difficulties of cycle plays, Julie Sparks looks at Man and Superman, Heartbreak House, Back to Methuselah, and current offerings such as Kushner's Angels in America. Kay Li, tracing the influence of Shaw on Chinese drama, argues that modern Chinese drama emerged from the failure of Mrs. Warren's Profession. Frank Duba's article analyzes the evolving role of the Preface in Shaw's works, focusing especially on Man and Superman.

Coming full circle, the volume returns to Stanley Weintraub's presentation of Shaw and the fascinating story of Lady Colin Campbell—a story that asks us to consider what it means to be endowed with beauty, fame, and ambition, and what it means to finally lose them. Finally, Michael W. Pharand's addendum to SHAW 24 gives supplementary bibliography on Shavian matters related to love, sex, marriage, and women. SHAW 25 also includes reviews as well as John R. Pfieffer's "Continuing Checklist of Shaviana."

MaryAnn K. Crawford is Associate Professor of English at Central Michigan University.

Gale K. Larson is Professor of English at California State University, Northridge.

CONTENTS

NOTICES

INTERNATIONAL SHAW SOCIETY NEWS

INTRODUCTION: SHAW SCHOLARSHIP

“Here and Now” and at the 2004 International

Shaw Society (ISS) Conference

MaryAnne K. Crawford

PART I: ISS Conference Papers

1. SHAW FOR THE HERE AND NOW

Stanley Weintraub

2. SHAW'S CHILDREN

Dan H. Laurence

3. ECONOMICS OF THE GIFT: SHAW,

RICOEUR, AND THE POETICS OF

THE ETHICAL LIFE

Howard Ira Einsohn

4. ASHEL BYRON'S PROFESSION: A CATALYST

TO FRIENDSHIP-LIFE IMITATES ART

Jay Tunney

5. MACHIAVELLI, THE SHARK, AND THE TINPOT

TRAGEDIENNE

Bernard F. Dukore

6. PYGMALION AS NARRATIVE BRIDGE

BETWEEN THE CENTURIES

Vicki R. Kennell

7. SHAW'S REPUBLIC

Sidney P. Albert

8. WHO WAS PHILLIPA SUMMERS?

REFLECTIONS ON VIVIE WARREN'S CAMBRIDGE

L.W. Conolly

9. WHO'S MODERN NOW? SHAW, JOYCE,

AND IBSEN'S WHEN WE DEAD AWAKEN

Kathleen Ochshorn

10. SOCIAL CRITIQUE AND COMEDIC RECONCILIATION IN SHAW'S YOU NEVER CAN TELL

Miriam Chirico

11. SHAW RESPONDS TO SHAW-BASHING

John A. Bertolini

12. BERNARD SHAW'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE

CULTURE AND POLITICS OF FIN DE SIÉCLE VIENNA

Hannes Schweiger

13. “OLD GENTLEMAN”: AGE DIFFERENCES

AS PLOT SUBVERSION

Valerie Barnes Lipscomb

PART II: General Articles

14. TRACKING DOWN SHAW STUDIES: THE

EFFECTIVE USE OF PRINTED AND ONLINE

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOURCES

Charles A. Carpenter

15. PLAYWRIGHTS' PROGRESS: THE EVOLUTION OF THE PLAY CYCLE, FROM SHAW'S “PENTATEUCH”

TO ANGELS IN AMERICA

Julie Sparks

16. MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION IN CHINA: FACTORS

IN CROSS-CULTURAL ADAPTATIONS

Kay Li

17. “THE GENUINE PULPIT ARTICLE”: SHAW'S PREFATORIAL PRACTICE AND THE PREFACE TO MAN AND SUPERMAN

Frank Duba

18. SHAW'S GODDESS: LADY COLIN CAMPBELL Stanley Weintraub

19. SUPPLEMENT TO SHAW 24'S SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHYOF WRITINGS BY AND ABOUT BERNARD SHAW CONCERNING LOVE, SEX, MARRIAGE, WOMEN,

AND RELATED TOPICS

Michel W. Pharand

20. A CONTINUING CHECKLIST OF SHAVIANA

John R. Pfeiffer

REVIEWS

Blatant Heterosexuals (Relations between the Sexes in the Plays of George Bernard Shaw, by Harold Pagliaro)

Bernard F. Dukore

Poststructural Shaw (Shaw Shadows: Rereading the Texts of

Bernard Shaw, by Peter Gahan)

Jean Reynolds

GBS and the Tornado (Selected Correspondence of Bernard Shaw,

Bernard Shaw and Nancy Astor, edited by J.P. Wearing)

Michel W. Pharand

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