Women Reading Shakespeare, 1660-1900: An Anthology of Criticism

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Ann Thompson, Sasha Roberts
Manchester University Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 283 pages
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Women reading Shakespeare, 16601900 comprehensively rediscovers a lost tradition of women's writing on Shakespeare. Since Margaret Cavendish published the first critical essay on Shakespeare in 1664, women have written as scholars, critics, editors, performers and popularisers of Shakespeare. Many found in Shakespeare criticism the opportunity to raise a wide variety of issues, ranging from the use of women in society, family life, social relations and ethnic difference. In their different ways, women appropriated Shakespeare to their own ends not always in step with their male contemporaries. Virtually none of this work is available today; it is unread and unknown. This fascinating anthology draws upon extensive new research to collect for the first time in one volume the Shakespeare criticism of some fifty British and American women writing before 1900. It includes the work of both familiar and unknown names and represents the diversity of literary genres used by women: the scholarly article, the periodical essay, book-length studies, personal memoirs, books for children, school editions. The volume also includes previously unknown Shakespeare illustrations by women, and a general introduction to the development of women's criticism of Shakespeare before 1900.
  

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Contents

Margaret Cavendish Duchess of Newcastle
11
Elizabeth Montagu
22
Elizabeth Griffith
29
Henrietta Bowdler
46
Elizabeth Macauley
58
Anna Jameson
66
Delia Bacon
104
Henrietta Palmer
110
Amelia Edith Barr
150
Emma Lazarus
157
A Study London
174
Helena Faucit Lady Martin
184
Elizabeth Wormeley Latimer
196
Adelaide Ristori
203
The Midsummer Nights Dream Contemporary
214
Moira ONeill
221

Lady Macbeth Macmillans Magazine London
116
Mary Preston
126
Annette Handcock Countess of Charlemont
132
Dorothea Beale
138
Mary Anderson Madame de Navarro
228
Mrs Lauch Macluarin
243
Works by Shakespeare
270
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Ann Thompson is Professor of English and Head of the English Department at Roehampton Institute, LondonSasha Roberts taught at the University of Kent

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