Erotic Beasts and Social Monsters: Shakespeare, Jonson, and Comic Androgyny

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University of Delaware Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 237 pages
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The voluminous contemporary critical work on English Renaissance androgyny and transvestism debates has not fully uncovered the ancient Greek and Roman roots of the gender controversy. Erotic Beasts and Social Monsters argues that the variant Renaissance views on the androgyne's symbolism are, in fact, best understood with reference to classical representations of the double-sexed or gender-baffled figure, and with the classical merging of that figure with images of beasts and monsters. Grace Tiffany's discussion of ancient beast-androgynes draws on satire as well as myth, citing Archilochus alongside Homer, Aristophanes with Euripides, and Juvenal next to Ovid and Apuleius. She thus illuminates a gender dispute as old as Western culture itself.

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Grace Tiffany has taught Shakespeare at the University of Notre Dame, Fordham University, the University of New Orleans, and Western Michigan University, where she is now a professor. Her articles have appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly, Comparative Drama, Renaissance Quarterly, and many other literary journals. She has authored two scholarly books on Shakespeare, Jonson, and other Renaissance writers. Her novel Ariel, based on The Tempest, was listed as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association.

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