Women in the Age of Shakespeare

Women in the Age of Shakespeare

by Theresa D. Kemp


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This book offers a look at the lives of Elizabethan era women in the context of the great female characters in the works of William Shakespeare.

Like the other entries in this fascinating series, Women in the Age of Shakespeare shows the influence of the world William Shakespeare lived in on the worlds he created for the stage, this time by focusing on women in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras in general and in Shakespeare's works in particular.

Women in the Age of Shakespeare explores the ancient and medieval ideas that Shakespeare drew upon in creating his great comedic and tragic heroines. It then looks at how these ideas intersected with the lived experiences of women of Shakespeare's time, followed by a close look at the major female characters in Shakespeare's plays and poems. Later chapters consider how these characters have been enacted on stage and in film, interpreted by critics and scholars, and re-imagined by writers in our own time.

  • Includes over 30 excerpts from letters and diaries, plays, poems, educational and religious treatises, and legal documents from the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Presents photos of actors playing female Shakespearean characters, including Emma Thompson, Claire Danes, Sarah Bernhardt, and Peggy Ashcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313343049
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/14/2009
Series: The Age of Shakespeare
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Theresa D. Kemp is professor of English and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI.

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