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Shakespeare’s ‘Whores’

Erotics, Politics, and Poetics


Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)

About this book


Shakespeare's 'Whores' studies each use of the word 'whore' in Shakespeare's canon, focusing especially on the positive personal and social effects of female sexuality, as represented in several major female characters, from the goddess Venus, to the queen Cleopatra, to the cross-dressing Rosalind, and many others.


poetics Prostitution William Shakespeare

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.California State UniversityFullertonUSA

About the authors

Kay Stanton is Professor of English at California State University, Fullerton, USA. A Shakespeare specialist, she has presented papers at over 90 professional conferences, in 12 countries, and has authored over 30 articles and book chapters, published in leading reference works such as The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare and A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare.

Bibliographic information


"...playful, conversational, and excellent". Roland Greene, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900