Shakespeare's Sonnets: Critical Essays

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This important collection focuses exclusively on contemporary criticism of Shakespeare's Sonnets. In addition to reprinting three highly influential essays from the past decade, the volume includes sixteen original analyses by leading scholars in the field.
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Editorial Reviews

Nineteen essays, three from the past decade and 16 newly written, explore the sonnets from such approaches as the new historicism, the new bibliography, formalism, feminism, reception history, cultural materialism, biographical criticism, and queer theory. The editor's introduction gives a survey of 400 years of criticism. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815323655
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Shakespeare Criticism Series
  • Pages: 494
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

James Schiffer is currently Professor and Head of the English Department at Northern Michigan University.

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Table of Contents

Reading New Life into Shakespeare's Sonnets: A Survey of Criticism 3
Editing as Cultural Formation: The Sexing of Shakespeare's Sonnets (1993) 75
The Scandal of Shakespeare's Sonnets (1994) 89
"Incertainties now crown themselves assur'd": The Politics of Plotting Shakespeare's Sonnets (1996) 113
The Silent Speech of Shakespeare's Sonnets (1998) 135
Shakespeare's Petrarchism 163
"I am that I am": Shakespeare's Sonnets and the Economy of Shame 185
"A dateless lively heat": Storing Loss in the Sonnets 199
Politics, Heresy, and Martyrdom in Shakespeare's Sonnet 124 and Titus Andronicus 219
The Name of the Rose: Christian Figurality and Shakespeare's Sonnets 241
What's the Use? Or, The Problematic of Economy in Shakespeare's Procreation Sonnets 263
Sonnets 71-74: Texts and Contexts 285
The Matter of Inwardness: Shakespeare's Sonnets 305
"The dyer's hand": The Reproduction of Coercion and Blot in Shakespeare's Sonnets 325
Playing "the mother's part": Shakespeare's Sonnets and Early Modern Codes of Maternity 347
Be Dark but Not Too Dark: Shakespeare's Dark Lady as a Sign of Color 369
The Sonnets on Trial: Reconsidering The Portrait of Mr. W. H. 391
I, You, He, She, and We: On the Sexual Politics of Shakespeare's Sonnets 411
Sex without Issue: Sodomy, Reproduction, and Signification in Shakespeare's Sonnets 431
"That which thou hast done": Shakespeare's Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint 455
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