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Shakespeare and Domestic Loss : Forms of Deprivation, Mourning, and Recuperation - Heather Dubrow

Shakespeare and Domestic Loss

Forms of Deprivation, Mourning, and Recuperation

Hardcover Published: 28th September 1999
ISBN: 9780521626330
Number Of Pages: 260

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This book re-examines some of Shakespeare's best-known texts in the light of their engagement with the forms of deprivation which threatened domestic security in early modern England. Burglary, the loss of home, and the early deaths of parents emerge as central and very telling issues in Shakespearean drama. Heather Dubrow recovers the particular significance of home, especially in relation to gender, male and female subjectivity. She relates the plays to Shakespeare's poetry (The Rape of Lucrece), and to early modern cultural texts such as the literature of roguery; she also introduces illuminating perspectives from contemporary social problems (notably crime), twentieth-century poetry, and popular culture. One of the most vital aspects of this fascinating study is to connect concerns at the cutting edge of cultural studies (such as the construction of transgressive Others) to more traditional literary concerns such as genre, especially the workings of romance and pastoral.

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'Dubrow's study provides ample evidence that the theme of loss, as a material concern, an emotional experience, and a structuring principle of life, is everywhere apparent in Shakespeare's work.' Helen Moore, Review of English Studies

Introduction: the circular staircase
æThe forefended placeÆ: burglary
æNo place to fly toÆ: loss of dwellings
æI fear there will a worse come in his placeÆ: the early death of parents
Conclusion: the art of losing
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ISBN: 9780521626330
ISBN-10: 0521626331
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 28th September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55