"Shakespeare Without Women" is a controversial study of female impersonation, and the connections between dramatic and political representation in Shakespeare's plays. In this exhilarating and challenging book, Callaghan focuses on the implications of absence and exclusion in several of Shakespeare's works:
*the exclusion of the female body from "Twelfth Night"
*the impersonation of the female voice in the original performances of the plays
*racial impersonation in "Othello"
*echoes of the removal of the Gaelic Irish in "The" "Tempest"
*the absence of women on stage and in public life as shown in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
I have personally purchased and studied every one of the new Accents on Shakespeare volumes in the new series edited by Terence Hawkes and repeatedly turn to them as resources for my own research and teaching. My students - graduate and undergraduate alike - find them invaluable, as I do. They are remarkably comprehensive, timely, and informative, and essential way to keep current with the fundamental ideas in Shakespearean criticism.