Women in the Age of Shakespeare

Overview

Like the other entries in this fascinating series, Women in the Age of Shakespeare shows the influence of the world William Shakespeare lived in on the worlds he created for the stage, this time by focusing on women in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras in general and in Shakespeare's works in particular.

Women in the Age of Shakespeare explores the ancient and medieval ideas that Shakespeare drew upon in creating his great comedic and tragic heroines. It then looks at how these ...

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Overview

Like the other entries in this fascinating series, Women in the Age of Shakespeare shows the influence of the world William Shakespeare lived in on the worlds he created for the stage, this time by focusing on women in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras in general and in Shakespeare's works in particular.

Women in the Age of Shakespeare explores the ancient and medieval ideas that Shakespeare drew upon in creating his great comedic and tragic heroines. It then looks at how these ideas intersected with the lived experiences of women of Shakespeare's time, followed by a close look at the major female characters in Shakespeare's plays and poems. Later chapters consider how these characters have been enacted on stage and in film, interpreted by critics and scholars, and re-imagined by writers in our own time.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

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

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Library 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."

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Choice

"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."

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Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary 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.
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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)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Illustrations xi

Preface xiii

1 Women in Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages 1

2 Women in Shakespeare's World 29

3 Women in Shakespeare's Works 65

4 Shakespearean Women in Performance 111

5 Scholarship and Criticism 159

6 Primary Documents 189

Glossary 239

Bibliography 245

Index 255

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