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Looking for Sex in Shakespeare

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  • Author: Stanley Wells, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon
Patrick Spottiswoode
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  • Date Published: May 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521832847

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  • One of the best-known and most versatile of Shakespearian scholars considers the extent to which sexual meaning in Shakespeare's writing relies on interpretation by actors, directors and critics. Tracing interpretations of Shakespearian "bawdy" and "innuendo" from the eighteenth-century to the present, Stanley Wells pays special attention to interpretations of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Sonnets and homosexual relationships in the plays.

    • Stanley Wells is one of the best-known and most versatile of Shakespeare scholars
    • Will be widely accessible to a mainstream audience of Shakespeare lovers as well as students and scholars
    • Pays special attention to interpretations of A Midsummer Nights Dream and the Sonnets
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    "Looking for Sex in Shakespeare is a richly informative and learned book that endeavors to take a fresh look at a topic that's been on everyone's mind for at least the last century: the role and importance of sex in Shakespeare's plays and poems." Gay and Lesbian Review

    "...a vital resource..." Theatre Journal

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    • Date Published: May 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521832847
    • length: 122 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Patrick Spottiswoode
    Preface
    Introduction
    1. Lewd Interpreters
    2. The originality of Shakespeare's Sonnets
    3. 'I Think he Loves the World only for him': Men loving Men in Shakespeare's plays.

  • Author

    Stanley Wells, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon
    Stanley Wells has devoted most of his life to teaching, editing, and writing about Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He was Director of the Shakespeare Institute from 1987 to 1997. He is General Editor of the Oxford editions of Shakespeare, edited King Lear for the multi-volume Oxford Shakespeare, and has been associated with the New Penguin edition, for which he edited several plays, since its inception. His publications include Shakespeare: A Dramatic Life, Shakespeare: For All Time (2002) and (with Paul Edmondson) Shakespeare's Sonnets (forthcoming in 2004). He is editor of Shakespeare on the Stage: An Anthology of Criticism, with E. A Davies of Shakespeare and the Moving Image, with Michael Dobson of The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, with Margreta da Grazia of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare, with Sarah Stanton of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on the Stage, and with Lena Orlin of Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide.

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    Patrick Spottiswoode

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