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Shakespeare on Masculinity is an important and original study of the way Shakespeare's plays engage with a subject that provoked bitter public dispute. Robin Headlam Wells argues that Shakespeare took a skeptical view of the militant-Protestant cult of heroic masculinity. Following a series of brilliant portraits of the dangerously charismatic warrior-hero, Shakespeare turned at the end of his writing career to a different kind of leader. Plays receiving close readings include The Tempest, Henry V, Troilus and Cressida, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and Coriolanus.Read more
- Part of the latest analytical mode in gender studies looking at masculinity and the masculine in literature
- Explores Shakespeare's definition and interpretation of the masculine in his most famous plays
- Offers insights into early modern culture and social history
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- Date Published: November 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521031530
- length: 264 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 149 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.41kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The chivalric revival: Henry V and Troilus and Cressida
2. 'Tender and delicate prince': Hamlet
3. 'O these men, these men': Othello
4. 'Arms and the man': Macbeth
5. 'Flower of warriors': Coriolanus
6. 'Rarer action': The Tempest
Afterword: historicism and 'presentism'
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