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A feminist companion to Shakespeare
Callaghan, Dympna.
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Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, [2000]

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xxiv, 384 pages ; 26 cm.
The ladies Shakespeare / Juliet Fleming -- Margaret Cavendish, Shakespeare critic / Katherine M. Romack -- Misogyny is everywhere / Phyllis Rackin -- Feminist editing and the body of the text / Laurie E. Maguire -- Made to write 'whore' upon?": male and female use of the word "whore" in Shakespeare's canon / Kay Stanton -- "A word, sweet Lucrece": confession, feminism, and the rape of Lucrece / Margo Hendricks -- Gender, class and the ideology of Comic form: Much ado about nothing and Twelfth Night / Mihoko Suzuki -- Gendered "gifts" in Shakespeare's Belmont: the economies of exchange in early modern England / Jyotsna G. Singh -- The great Indian vanishing trick: colonialism, property, and the family in A midsummer night's dream / Ania Loomba -- Black ram, white ewe: Shakespeare, race and women / Joyce Green MacDonald -- Sycorax in Algiers: cultural politics and gynecology in early modern England / Rachana Sachdev -- Black and white, and dread all over: the Shakespeare theater's "photonegative" Othello and the body of Desdemona / Denise Albanese -- Women and boys playing Shakespeare / Juliet Dusinberre -- Mutant scenes and "minor" conflicts in Richard II / Molly Smith -- Lovesickness, gender, and subjectivity: Twelfth Night and As you like it / Carol Thomas Neely -- ... in the lesbian void: woman-woman eroticism in Shakespeare's plays / Theodora A. Jankowski -- Duncan's corpse / Susan Zimmerman -- Others and lovers in The merchant of Venice / M. Lindsay Kaplan -- Between idolatry and astrology: modes of temporal repetition in Romeo and Juliet / Philippa Berry.
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The question is not whether Shakespeare studies needs feminism, but whether feminism needs Shakespeare. This is the explicitly political approach taken by all-women team of contributors to A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare.

Author Notes

Dympna Callaghan is William P. Tolley, Professor in the Humanities at Syracuse University, New York. Her most recent book is Shakespeare Without Women (1999), and she has written widely on feminism and Renaissance Literature.

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These 19 original essays reveal the exciting range of inquiry within the feminist community of early-modern scholars. In her introduction, Callaghan (Syracuse Univ.) argues that because feminism "commands a view from the margins, [it] is especially well placed to access the eccentric categories of Renaissance knowledge." Though many of these categories hardly seem eccentric anymore, the anthology excels in offering clear statements about the implications of feminist practice and absolutely up-to-date scholarship. Calling for new directions, Laurie Maguire analyzes textual annotations that serve feminist goals; Phyllis Rackin eloquently pleads for disinterring the female subject from the master narrative of suffering and servitude . Essays by Carol Thomas Neely, Ania Loomba, and Rachana Sachedev do live up to Callaghan's claim, providing radically different fields for reading Shakespeare's plays. Only a few of the essays make traditional feminist moves on the texts. This excellent volume should become a classic of feminist Shakespeare criticism, joining The Woman's Part, ed. by Carolyn Ruth Swift Lenz, Gayle Greene, and Carol Thomas Neely (CH, Mar'81); The Matter of Difference, ed. by Valerie Wayne (1991); Women, "Race," and Writing in the Early Modern Period, ed. by Margo Hendricks and Patricia Parker (1994); and Shakespeare and Gender, ed. by Deborah Barker and Ivo Kamps (1995). Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. M. A. Bushman; Illinois Wesleyan University

Table of Contents

Dympna CallaghanJuliet FlemingKatherine M. RomackPhyllis RackinLaurie E. MaguireKay StantonMargo HendricksMihoko SuzukiJyotsna G. SinghAnia LoombaJoyce Green MacDonaldRachana SachdevDenise AlbaneseJuliet DusinberreMolly SmithCarol Thomas NeelyTheodora A. JankowskiSusan ZimmermanM. Lindsay KaplanPhilippa Berry
List of Contributorsp. viii
Introductionp. xi
Part 1 The History of Feminist Shakespeare Criticism
1 The Ladies' Shakespearep. 3
2 Margaret Cavendish, Shakespeare Criticp. 21
3 Misogyny is Everywherep. 42
Part 2 Text and Language
4 Feminist Editing and the Body of the Textp. 59
5 "Made to write 'whore' upon?": Male and Female Use of the Word "Whore" in Shakespeare's Canonp. 80
6 "A word, sweet Lucrece": Confession, Feminism, and The Rape of Lucrecep. 103
Part 3 Social Economies
7 Gender, Class, and the Ideology of Comic Form: Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Nightp. 121
8 Gendered "Gifts" in Shakespeare's Belmont: The Economies of Exchange in Early Modern Englandp. 144
Part 4 Race and Colonialism
9 The Great Indian Vanishing Trick-Colonialism, Property, and the Family in A Midsummer Night's Dreamp. 163
10 Black Ram, White Ewe: Shakespeare, Race, and Womenp. 188
11 Sycorax in Algiers: Cultural Politics and Gynecology in Early Modern Englandp. 208
12 Black and White, and Dread All Over: The Shakespeare Theater's "Photonegative" Othello and the Body of Desdemonap. 226
Part 5 Performing Sexuality
13 Women and Boys Playing Shakespearep. 251
14 Mutant Scenes and "Minor" Conflicts in Richard IIp. 263
15 Lovesickness, Gender, and Subjectivity: Twelfth Night and As You Like Itp. 276
16 ... in the Lesbian Void: Woman-Woman Eroticism in Shakespeare's Playsp. 299
17 Duncan's Corpsep. 320
Part 6 Religion
18 Others and Lovers in The Merchant of Venicep. 341
19 Between Idolatry and Astrology: Modes of Temporal Repetition in Romeo and Julietp. 358
Indexp. 373