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Shakespeare Among the Animals : Nature and Society in the Drama of Early Modern England - Bruce Thomas Boehrer

Shakespeare Among the Animals

Nature and Society in the Drama of Early Modern England

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"Shakespeare among the Animals" examines the role of animal-metaphor in the Shakespearean stage, particularly as such metaphor serves to underwrite various forms of social difference. Working through texts such as Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream," Jonson's "Volpone," and Middleton's "A Chaste Maid in Cheapside," the chapters of the study focus upon the allegedly natural character of femininity, masculinity, ethnicity, and the nature of the natural world itself as it appears on the Renaissance stage. Addressing each of these topics in turn, "Shakespeare among the Animals" explores the notions of cultural order that underlie early modern conceptions of the natural world, and the ideas of nature implicit in early modern social practice.

Illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
A Note on Texts and Translationsp. ix
Series Editor's Forewordp. x
Introduction: How to Do Things with Animalsp. 1
Shakespeare's Beastly Buggersp. 41
The Cuckoo and the Caponp. 71
Dead Parrot Sketchp. 99
Animal Fun for Everyonep. 133
Conclusion: Suggested Further Readingp. 169
Notesp. 183
Works Citedp. 194
Indexp. 208
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ISBN: 9780312293437
ISBN-10: 0312293437
Series: Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500-1700
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 15th April 2002
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1