Shakespeare's Division of Experience

Shakespeare's Division of Experience

by Marilyn French
     
 

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William Shakespeare regarded men and women quite differently. In his early plays, the so-called masculine qualities of prowess, bravery, and individualism were accorded more respect than "feminine" attributes of mercy, compassion, and intuitiveness. Yet, in his later plays, there is evidence of a reversal in Shakespeare's attitudes, a new fear of the power of the… See more details below

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William Shakespeare regarded men and women quite differently. In his early plays, the so-called masculine qualities of prowess, bravery, and individualism were accorded more respect than "feminine" attributes of mercy, compassion, and intuitiveness. Yet, in his later plays, there is evidence of a reversal in Shakespeare's attitudes, a new fear of the power of the masculine principle and new admiration for the feminine.
Marilyn French, author of the acclaimed novels THE WOMEN'S ROOM and THE BLEEDING HEART, offers a feminist perspective on each of Shakespeare's plays. More than a brilliantly original literary interpretation, this fascinating volume provides penetrating insight into attitudes toward men, women, love, and power in Western culture.
"A feminist's view of William Shakespeare . . . Quite dazzling." — The New York Times
"An ambitious work . . . conveys the fresh excitement of interpretative discovery . . . insightful . . . seductive and nutritive." — The Washington Post Book World

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
The news, I suppose, is that Marilyn French has produced a feminist's view of William Shakespeare....But for purposes of Shakespearean criticism, the proof of her thesis is in Miss French's reading of the canon. And the results are predictably mixed. At her best, she is quite dazzling....The author provides no plot summaries; in many cases, there are not even direct allusions to major plot developments that Miss French discusses extensively. You will have to have either read or reread most of the canon recently, or else have access to a collection of synopses. Nevertheless, Miss French's study ought to prove exciting and useful to students of Shakespeare. -- New York Times

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ISBN-13:
9780671448653
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1981
Pages:
384

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