Shakespeare Among the Animals: Nature and Society in the Drama of Early Modern England

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Palgrave Macmillan, Mar 22, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 212 pages
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Shakespeare among the Animals examines the role of animal-metaphor in the Shakespearean stage, particularly as such metaphor serves to underwrite various forms of social difference. Working through texts such as Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jonson’s Volpone, and Middleton’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, the chapters of the study focus upon the allegedly natural character of femininity, masculinity, ethnicity, and the nature of the natural world itself as it appears on the Renaissance stage. Addressing each of these topics in turn, Shakespeare among the Animals explores the notions of cultural order that underlie early modern conceptions of the natural world, and the ideas of nature implicit in early modern social practice.

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Bruce Boehrer is professor of English literature at Florida State University. He is also founding editor of the semiannual Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, the journal of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies.

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