Women in the Age of Shakespeare
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Women in the Age of Shakespeare

by Theresa D. Kemp
     
 
This book offers a look at the lives of Elizabethan era women in the context of the great female characters in the works of William Shakespeare.
• Includes over 30 excerpts from letters and diaries, plays, poems, educational and religious treatises, and legal documents from the 16th and 17th centuries• Presents photos of actors playing female

Overview

This book offers a look at the lives of Elizabethan era women in the context of the great female characters in the works of William Shakespeare.
• Includes over 30 excerpts from letters and diaries, plays, poems, educational and religious treatises, and legal documents from the 16th and 17th centuries• Presents photos of actors playing female Shakespearean characters, including Emma Thompson, Claire Danes, Sarah Bernhardt, and Peggy Ashcroft

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This latest addition to Greenwood Press's The Age of Shakespeare series is an excellent resource for undergraduates showing an interest in women's studies and early modern English literature and culture. . . . Given the thoroughness of this book's scholarship and Kemp's previous publications related to pedagogy, her contribution to this series stands testament to how seriously most of us involved in scholarly research take our teaching responsibilities." - Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal

"Kemp has produced a fascinating volume for the "Age of Shakespeare" series. . . . Though Kemp's discussions may seem truncated, idiosyncratic, and impressionistic, herein lies the book's greatest strength: she jam-packs the volume with interesting facts and thought-provoking ideas ideally suited to group discussion. The absence of glib study-guide interpretations and quickie plot summaries makes this book more road map than shortcut, the beginning of countless interesting conversations rather than the final word. This book deserves a wide readership. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, faculty, general readers." - Choice

"Meticulous but accessible, this is for the scholar or serious lay reader." - Library Journal

Library Journal
This is an incisive look at the conditions of women in Shakespeare's world and their place in his legacy. Over the course of six chapters, Kemp (coeditor, The Feminist Teacher Anthology) demonstrates recurrent perceptions of women of antiquity and the Middle Ages, who served as Shakespeare's female archetypes. In subsequent chapters, Elizabethan and Jacobean women's realities are explored, with a consideration of Shakespeare's female figures as reflections of long-standing social attitudes. Three final chapters include author biographies and survey dramatic adaptations, historical scholarship, and rare primary documents. Meticulous but accessible, this is for the scholar or serious lay reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313343049
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Series:
The Age of Shakespeare
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Theresa D. Kemp is professor of English and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI.

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