Shakespeare and the Nature of Women, Third Edition

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This is a new, third edition of this pioneering work in feminist and literary criticism. When first published in 1975, Shakespeare and the Nature of Women inaugurated a new wave of Shakespeare scholarship, offering a sustained critique of inherited male thinking about women, theological, literary, and social issues in Shakespeare's plays. Almost thirty years later, it continues to be the cornerstone of writing about women in this period and the springboard for new research. This new edition includes a new ...

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Overview

This is a new, third edition of this pioneering work in feminist and literary criticism. When first published in 1975, Shakespeare and the Nature of Women inaugurated a new wave of Shakespeare scholarship, offering a sustained critique of inherited male thinking about women, theological, literary, and social issues in Shakespeare's plays. Almost thirty years later, it continues to be the cornerstone of writing about women in this period and the springboard for new research. This new edition includes a new preface, and updated bibliography, and developments in feminist thinking about Shakespeare.

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"Dusinberre not only offers provocative and fresh readings of Shakespeare's plays, but has changed the very terms through which scholars study the theatrical culture of early modern London." —Jean Howard, Columbia University
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A feminist analysis of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, arguing that Renaissance drama highlights the ways in which the feminine and the masculine are socially constructed. Other topics include chastity, women as property, and disguise and the boy actor. This second edition contains all of the text of the original 1975 edition, plus a chapter tracing contemporary developments in feminist scholarship, Renaissance feminism, and feminist Shakespeare. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403917294
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/5/2003
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Juliet Dusinberre is the M.C. Bradbrook Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface to the Third Edition: Into the Twenty-first Century
Preface to the Second Edition: Beyond the Battle?
Introduction 1
I The Idea of Chastity 20
1 The Puritans and the Playwrights 20
2 Chastity as Mystique 30
3 Virginity and Virtue 40
4 The Double Standard 51
5 Chastity and Art 63
II The Problem of Equality 77
1 Women and Authority 77
2 Women as Property 110
III Gods and Devils 137
1 Idolatry 137
2 Satire 175
IV Femininity and Masculinity 199
1 Women and Education 199
2 Disguise and the Boy actor 231
3 Politics and Violence 272
Shakespeare 305
Works Cited 309
Index 319
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