Shakespearean Tragedy and Gender

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Shirley Nelson Garner, Madelon Sprengnether
Indiana University Press, 1996 - Drama - 326 pages
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... an important volume for scholar and student alike, and a tribute to the enduring contributions of its authors." --Renaissance Quarterly

These thought-provoking essays run the gamut of feminist criticism on tragedy." --Shakespeare Quarterly

Highly recommended... " --Choice

These essays mount a powerful critique of the tragic hero as representative of the errors and sufferings of humankind. They come from a variety of perspectives--including feminist new historicism, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, and autobiographical criticism. While considering Shakespeare's earliest attempts at tragedy in Richard III and Titus Andronicus, this volume also covers the major tragic period, giving special attention to Othello.

 

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Contents

The Case of Richard III
31
Reading Madness and Gender
75
Timon of Athens Jacobean Patronage
135
Desdemonas Disposition
171
Renaissance English Stage
193
The Fatal Cleopatra
241
Whats Love Got to Do with It? Reading the Liberal Humanist
268
Shakespeare in My Time and Place
287
Notes on Contributors
317
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About the author (1996)

SHIRLEY NELSON GARNER is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Minnesota. She is a co-editor, with Claire Kahane and Madelon Sprengnether, of The (M)other Tongue: Essays in Feminist Psychoanalytic Interpretation; and a contributor to the Personal Narratives Group's Interpreting Women's Lives: Feminist Theory and Personal Narratives. MADELON SPRENGNETHER is Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of The Spectral Mother: Freud, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis and co-editor of Revising the Word and the World: Essays in Feminist Literary Criticism and The (M)other Tongue.

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