Reading Shakespeare Historically

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Overview

Reading Shakespeare Historically is a passionate, provocative book by one of the most renowned and popular Renaissance scholars writing today. Charting ten years of critical development, these challenging, witty essays shed new light on Renaissance studies. It also raises intriguing questions about how the culture and history of the past illuminates the key social and political issues of today. Lisa Jardine re-reads Renaissance drama in its historical and cultural context, from laws of defamation in Othello to the competing loyalties of companionate marriage and male friendship in The Changeling. In doing so she reveals a wealth of new insights, sometimes surprising but always original and engrossing. At the same time, these essays also provide a fascinating account of the rise of feminist scholarship since the 1980s and the diversifying of 'new historicist' approaches over the same period.

Reading Shakespeare Historically will fascinate and provoke students of shakespeare and his historical age, and general readers with an urge to understand how the culture and history of our past illuminates the key scoial and political issues of today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415134903
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/2/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 'Why Should He Call Her Whore?': Defamation and Desdemona's case 19
2 'No Offence i' th' World': Unlawful marriage in Hamlet 35
3 Cultural Confusion and Shakespeare's Learned Heroines: 'These are old paradoxes' 48
4 Twins and Travesties: Gender, dependency and sexual availability in Twelfth Night 65
5 Reading and the Technology of Textual Affect: Erasmus's familiar letters and Shakespeare's King Lear 78
6 Alien Intelligence: Mercantile exchange and knowledge transactions in Marlowe's The Jew of Malta 98
7 Companionate Marriage Versus Male Friendship: Anxiety for the lineal family in Jacobean drama 114
8 Unpicking the Tapestry: The scholar of women's history as Penelope among her suitors 132
9 Conclusion: What happens in Hamlet? 148
Notes 158
Index 201
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