Shakespeare and the Nature of Women

  • Authors
  • JulietĀ Dusinberre

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlix
  2. Juliet Dusinberre
    Pages 1-19
  3. Juliet Dusinberre
    Pages 20-76
  4. Juliet Dusinberre
    Pages 77-136
  5. Juliet Dusinberre
    Pages 137-198
  6. Juliet Dusinberre
    Pages 199-304
  7. Juliet Dusinberre
    Pages 305-308
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 309-329

About this book

Introduction

Shakespeare and the Nature of Women was the first full-length feminist analysis of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, ushering in a new era in research and criticism. Its arguments for the feminism both of the drama and the early modern period caused instant controversy, which still engrosses scholars. Dusinberre argues that Puritan teaching on sexuality and spiritual equality raises questions about women which feed into the drama, where the role of women in relation to authority structures is constantly renegotiated. Using a critical language which predates Foucault and other major theorists, Shakespeare and the Nature of Women argues that Renaissance drama highlights ways in which the feminine and the masculine are socially constructed. The presence of the boy actor on stage created an awareness of gender as performance, now crucial to contemporary feminist thought. Shakespeare and the Nature of Women claimed for women a right to speak about the literary text from their own place in history and culture. The author's Preface to the second edition traces contemporary developments in feminist scholarship, which still wrestles with the book's main thesis: Renaissance feminism, feminist Shakespeare.

Keywords

argue drama education equality feminism knowledge language Michel Foucault nature play Puritan Renaissance stage structure women

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-24531-4
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Literature & Performing Arts Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-64139-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-24531-4
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