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This is the first collection of critical essays devoted exclusively to Shakespeare's first published work, his long narrative poem Venus and Adonis which established his reputation as the literary darling of London and the heir of Ovid. Particularly important is the book's coverage of the little-known presence of Venus and Adonis on stage.A substantial introduction of 65 pagessurveys the history of criticism about the poem and its significance, and addresses such issues as the burdens of readership and the poem as a staged production. Following are 19 reprinted works from the 18th to late 20th centuries and seven original essays by leading scholars that examine the poem from a variety of theoretical and critical perspectives-Lacanian desire, semiotics and Elizabethan wardship, female readership, mythology, aesthetics and art history. An extensive chronological bibliography of scholarship, editions, and theatrical and literary reviews makes this volume indispensable.

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Surveys the criticism of Shakespeare's long narrative poem by combining 19 works reprinted from the early 19th to the late 20th century, with seven original essays. They examine it, and its stage rendition, from such perspectives as Lacanian desire, semiotics and Elizabethan wardship, women readers, mythology, aesthetics, and art history. A chronological bibliography cites scholarship, commentary, editions, and reviews of performances. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815321491
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Series: Shakespeare Criticism Series , #16
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

"Venus and/or Adonis Among the Critics", Philip C. Kolin
• "Lo, in this hollow cradle take thy rest": Sexual Conflict and Resolution in Venus and Adonis, Robert P. Merrix
• Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis: A Lacanian Tragicomedy of Desire, James Schiffer
• "Pining Their Maws": Female Readers and the Erotic Ontology of the Text in Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis, Richard Halpern
• Picturing Venus and Adonis: Shakespeare and The Artists, Georgianna Ziegler
• "Wriothesley's Resistance: Wardship Practices, and Ovidian Narratives in Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis ", Patrick M. Murphy
• Venus as Praeceptor: The Ars Amatoria in Venus and Adonis, M.L. Stapleton
• Almeida: Venus and Lucrece, Betty Caplan
Venus and Adonis: An Early Account of Sexual Harassment, Joseph Wortis, M.D.
• "A chronological Bibliograph of Scholarship...", Philip C. Kolin

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