Shakespeare, Feminism And Gender

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Over the last quarter-century, feminist criticism of Shakespeare has greatly expanded and enriched the range of interpretations of the Shakespearean texts, their original historical location, and subsequent reinterpretation. Characteristically, it weaves between past and present, driven by a commitment to both intervene in contemporary cultural politics and to recover a fuller sense of the sexual politics of the literary heritage. Collecting together essays that offer detailed accounts of particular plays with ...

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Overview

Over the last quarter-century, feminist criticism of Shakespeare has greatly expanded and enriched the range of interpretations of the Shakespearean texts, their original historical location, and subsequent reinterpretation. Characteristically, it weaves between past and present, driven by a commitment to both intervene in contemporary cultural politics and to recover a fuller sense of the sexual politics of the literary heritage. Collecting together essays that offer detailed accounts of particular plays with others that take a broader overview of the field, this New Casebook showcases the range of critical strategies used by feminist criticism, and illustrates how vital attention to the politics of gender and sexuality is to a full understanding and appreciation of Shakespearean drama.

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Chedgzoy (Renaissance literature, U. of Newcastle upon Tyne) describes this collection of essays from the 1990s as a snapshot of a decade when feminist criticism of Shakespeare's plays both flourished and diversified. It covers a range of widely studied texts while showing how gender-inflected criticism has been part of a revision of the Shakespearean canon. Chedgzoy selected the essays to demonstrate a variety of critical and theoretical approaches and to give a sense of the breadth of intellectual and political concerns with which feminist criticism of Shakespeare has engaged. The 12 contributors are academics from the UK and US. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333716526
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: New Casebooks Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Chedgzoy is Reader in English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—K. Chedgzoy
• The Patriarchal Bard: Feminist Criticism and Shakespeare: King Lear and Measure for Measure —K. McLuskie
• Feminist Theory and the Editing of Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew Revisited—A. Thompson
• Woman's Alternative Shakespeares and Women's Alternatives to Shakespeare in Contemporary British Theatre—L. Goodman
• Gender and Nation: Anticipations of Modernity in the Second Tetralogy—J.E. Howard & P. Rackin
• How to Read The Merchant of Venice without being Heterosexist—A. Sinfield
• The Homoerotics of Shakespearean Comedy—V. Traub
• Mourning and Misogyny: Hamlet and the Final Progress of Elizabeth I—S. Mullaney
• He Do Cressida in Different Voices—B. Hodgdon
• Revolutions, Petty Tyranny and the Murderous Husband—F. Dolan
• Macbeth and the All-singing, All-dancing Plays of the Jacobean Witch-Vogue—D. Purkiss
• The Color of Patriarchy: Critical Difference, Cultural Difference and Renaissance Drama—A. Loomba

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