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Shakespeare and Sexuality - Catherine M. S. Alexander

Shakespeare and Sexuality

By: Catherine M. S. Alexander (Editor), Stanley Wells (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th November 2001
ISBN: 9780521804752
Number Of Pages: 218

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This volume draws together ten important essays which use a variety of approaches and materials to explore the significance of sexuality in Shakespeare's work. Some consider the erotic effect of Shakespeare's language in his use of metaphor and the transgressive riddle and pun. Others are concerned with expressions of desire (male, female, inter-racial, homosexual and heterosexual) in performance as well as text. A radical re-reading of Shakespeare's Sonnets shifts the sexual focus from a male lover to a black woman. The essays, many of which are reprinted from Shakespeare Survey, are introduced by Ann Thompson's freshly considered survey of the topic in recent criticism, and conclude with a new account by Celia Daileader of nudity in Shakespeare films.

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'This is a skilfully edited volume that traverses a number of Shakespearian and non-Shakespearian texts, and offers a representative variety of different approaches to this perplexing topic. ... important contributions to a debate that shows no sign of abating.' Notes and Queries

Shakespeare and sexuality
Language and sexuality in Shakespeare
Death and desire in Romeo
The legacy of Juliet's desire in comedies of the early 1600s
Love in Venice
Male sexuality and misogyny
Consummation, custom and law in All's Well that Ends Well
The scandal of Shakespeare's Sonnets
Representing sexuality in Shakespeare's plays
Nude Shakespeare in film and nineties popularfeminism
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ISBN: 9780521804752
ISBN-10: 0521804752
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 20th November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.29  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.34