Shakespeare and Women

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Phyllis Rackin challenges a number of current assumptions about Shakespeare and women, including the women in his family, the women who worked in the London theatre industry, the female characters in his plays, and the dark lady of the sonnets. She argues that the current scholarly emphasis on patriarchal power, male misogyny, and women's oppression may tell us more about ourselves than about the world Shakespeare inhabited and the worlds he created in his plays.
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Overview

Phyllis Rackin challenges a number of current assumptions about Shakespeare and women, including the women in his family, the women who worked in the London theatre industry, the female characters in his plays, and the dark lady of the sonnets. She argues that the current scholarly emphasis on patriarchal power, male misogyny, and women's oppression may tell us more about ourselves than about the world Shakespeare inhabited and the worlds he created in his plays.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Phyllis Rackin's own contributions to Shakespeare in this book make for a witty, interesting, and frequently compelling read. Overall, this volume not only challenges Shakespeare specialists but can also reach and educate strong upper-level undergraduate students interested in the construction of women's roles in Shakespeare's plays and beyond."--Laura Feitzinger Brown, Sixteenth Century Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198186946
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/2005
  • Series: Oxford Shakespeare Topics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Phyllis Rackin has taught Shakespeare at the University of Pennsylvania for forty years. A former President of the Shakespeare Association of America, she has published three books on Shakespeare as well as numerous scholarly articles on Shakespeare and related subjects in anthologies and in such journals as PMLA, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Shakespeare-Jahrbuch. Her awards include an ACLS fellowship and a Lindback award for distinguished teaching.

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Table of Contents

1 A usable history 7
2 The place(s) of women in Shakespeare's world : historical fact and feminist interpretation 26
3 Our canon, ourselves 48
4 Boys will be girls 72
5 The lady's reeking breath 95
6 Shakespeare's timeless women 112
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