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Shakespeare and Sexuality

Shakespeare and Sexuality


Ann Thompson, William C. Carroll, Lloyd Davis, Mary Bly, Catherine Belsey, Michael Hattaway, Subha Mukerji, Margreta de Grazia, John Russell Brown, Celia R. Daileader
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  • Date Published: September 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521804752

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  • This volume draws together ten important essays which use a variety of approaches and materials to explore the significance of sexuality in Shakespeare's work. Some consider the erotic effect of Shakespeare's language in his use of metaphor and the transgressive riddle and pun. Others are concerned with expressions of desire (male, female, inter-racial, homosexual and heterosexual) in performance as well as text. A radical re-reading of Shakespeare's Sonnets shifts the sexual focus from a male lover to a black woman. The essays, many of which are reprinted from Shakespeare Survey, are introduced by Ann Thompson's freshly considered survey of the topic in recent criticism, and conclude with a new account by Celia Daileader of nudity in Shakespeare films.

    • Some very big names here: Thompson, Belsey, Hattaway, de Grazia, Russell Brown
    • Broad range of coverage and approaches, including performance issues
    • Consists of 7 reprinted articles from Shakespeare Survey, one intro survey, one from New Theatre Quarterly, one entirely new
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    'This is a skilfully edited volume that traverses a number of Shakespearian and non-Shakespearian texts, and offers a representative variety of different approaches to this perplexing topic. … important contributions to a debate that shows no sign of abating.' Notes and Queries

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521804752
    • length: 218 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Shakespeare and sexuality Ann Thompson
    2. Language and sexuality in Shakespeare William C. Carroll
    3. Death and desire in Romeo and Juliet Lloyd Davis
    4. The legacy of Juliet's desire in comedies of the early 1600s Mary Bly
    5. Love in Venice Catherine Belsey
    6. Male sexuality and misogyny Michael Hattaway
    7. Consummation, custom and law in All's Well that Ends Well Subha Mukherji
    8. The scandal of Shakespeare's Sonnets Margreta de Grazia
    9. Representing sexuality in Shakespeare's plays John Russell Brown
    10. Nude Shakespeare in film and nineties popular feminism Celia R. Daileader.

  • Editors

    Catherine M. S. Alexander, Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon
    Catherine M. S. Alexander is Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Research Fellow, University of Birmingham. She has written on eighteenth-century appropriations of Shakespeare and is the co-editor with Stanley Wells of Shakespeare and Race (Cambridge, 2000).

    Stanley Wells, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon
    Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He is General Editor of the Oxford Shakespeare, co-author of William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion (1987), author of Shakespeare: A Dramatic Life (1995), co-editor with Catherine M. S. Alexander of Shakespeare and Race (Cambridge, 2000) and co-editor with Margreta de Grazia of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare (Cambridge, 2001).


    Ann Thompson, William C. Carroll, Lloyd Davis, Mary Bly, Catherine Belsey, Michael Hattaway, Subha Mukerji, Margreta de Grazia, John Russell Brown, Celia R. Daileader

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