The Tamer Tamed

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This comedic sequel and “reply” to THE TAMING OF THE SHREW by seventeenth century playwright John Fletcher switches the gender roles of the Shakespeare play: here the women seek to tame the men. Fletcher was widely celebrated in his day, collaborated with Shakespeare on at least three plays, and no doubt wrote this play to attract Shakespeare’s attention.
 
In the plot, when Katherine (the "shrew" of the original) dies, Petruchio takes a ...

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Overview

This comedic sequel and “reply” to THE TAMING OF THE SHREW by seventeenth century playwright John Fletcher switches the gender roles of the Shakespeare play: here the women seek to tame the men. Fletcher was widely celebrated in his day, collaborated with Shakespeare on at least three plays, and no doubt wrote this play to attract Shakespeare’s attention.
 
In the plot, when Katherine (the "shrew" of the original) dies, Petruchio takes a second wife, Maria, who suddenly denounces her former mildness and vows not to sleep with Petruchio until she "turn him and bend him as [she] list, and mold him into a babe again." Plot twists and comedic exchanges lead to Petruchio finally being “tamed” in the eyes of Maria and the play ends with the two happily reconciled.
 
The play, which has been alternatively titled The Woman’s Prize, reflects how society's views of women, femininity, and "domestic propriety" were beginning to change in Shakespeare’s day.
 
The New Mermaid edition is easy-to-use and accessible and features a full range of reader supplement material with an emphasis on performance including:
-Full introduction
-Critical intepretation
-Staging conventions and recent performance history
-Analysis of the relationship with Taming of the Shrew, gender relations, questions of reputation -A re-examination of the play’s structure
-Suggestions for different areas of interest
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780713688757
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Series: New Mermaids Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 912,593
  • Product dimensions: 1.90 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Fletcher (1579 – 1625) was a Jacobean playwright.
 
Editor Lucy Munro is Lecturer in English at Keele University.
 

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

About The Play

Summary Of The Plot

The Play

Sources I: 'am I Petruchio, Feared And Spoken Of?'

Sources II: 'That's A Shrewd Saying!'

'The Woman Shall Wear The Breeches'

Genre: 'Breaking Often Into Violent Laughters'

'Thou Hast A Brave Cause'

Date And Stage History

A Note On The Text

The Author: Life And Afterlife

Further Reading

Abbreviations

The Tamer Tamed 1

Dramatis Personae 4

The Play 5

Appendix 1: Longer Additional Passages 165

Appendix 2: Prologues And Epilogues 179

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