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Shakespeare and sexuality
Alexander, Catherine M. S.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2001]

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ix, 207 pages ; 24 cm
Shakespeare and sexuality / Ann Thompson -- Language and sexuality in Shakespeare / William C. Carroll -- Death and desire in Romeo and Juliet / Lloyd Davis -- The legacy of Juliet's desire in comedies of the early 1600s / Mary Bly -- Love in Venice / Catherine Belsey -- Male sexuality and misogyny / Michael Hattaway -- Consummation, custom and law in All's well that ends well / Subha Mukherji -- The scandal of Shakespeare's Sonnets / Margreta de Grazia -- Representing sexuality in Shakespeare's plays / John Russell Brown -- Nude Shakespeare in film and nineties popular feminism / Celia R. Daileader.
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PR3069.S45 A44 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Table of Contents

1 Shakespeare and sexualityAnn Thompson
2 Language and sexuality in ShakespeareWilliam C. Carroll
3 Death and desire in RomeoJuliet Lloyd Davis
4 The legacy of Juliet's desire in comedies of the early 1600sMary Bly
5 Love in VeniceCatherine Belsey
6 Male sexuality and misogynyMichael Hattaway
7 Consummation, custom and law in All's Well that Ends WellSubha Mukherji
8 The scandal of Shakespeare's SonnetsMargreta de Grazia
9 Representing sexuality in Shakespeare's playsJohn Russell Brown
10 Nude Shakespeare in film and nineties popularfeminismCelia R. Daileader