The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment Gender, Sexuality, and Race

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  • Copyright: 2018-04-08
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The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment brings together 42 of the most important scholars and writing on the subject today. Extending the purview of feminist criticism, it offers an intersectional paradigm for considering representations of gender in the context of race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and religion. In addition to sophisticated textual analysis drawing on the methods of historicism, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and posthumanism, a team of international experts discuss Shakespeare's life, contemporary editing practices, and performance of his plays on stage, on screen, and in the classroom. This theoretically sophisticated yet elegantly written Handbook includes an editor's Introduction that provides a comprehensive overview of current debates.

Author Biography

Valerie Traub, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of English and Women's Studies, University of Michigan

Valerie Traub is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan and an award winning author and teacher. She is the author of The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Desire & Anxiety: Circulations of Sexuality in Shakespearean Drama (Routledge, 1992; rpt 2014), and most recently Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns (Pennsylvania University Press, 2015). She co-edited Gay Shame (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and Feminist Readings of Early Modern Culture: Emerging Subjects (Cambridge University Press, 1996). Her current project is Mapping Embodiment in the Early Modern West: A Prehistory of Normality.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Feminist Shakespeare Studies: Cross Currents, Border Crossings, Conflicts, and Contradictions, Valerie Traub
Part I: The Lives of William Shakespeare
2. Shakespeare's Marriage, Lena Cowen Orlin
3. The Undocumented Lives of William Shakespeare, Alan Stewart
Part II: Early Modern Women's Lives
4. Amazons, Turks, and Tartars in the Gesta Grayorum and The Comedy of Errors , Bernadette Andrea
5. Puzzling Embodiment: Proclamation, La Pucelle, and The first Part of Henry VI', Stephen Spiess
6. Spectres of Female Sovereignty in Shakespeare's Plays, Susan Frye
7. All's Well That Ends Well and Recipe Cultures of Knowledge, Wendy Wall
Part III: Race and Ethnicity in Local and Transnational Contexts
8. Constructing the Inferior Body: Medieval Theology in The Merchant of Venice , M. Lindsay Kaplan
9. The Textile Black Body: Race and 'shadowed livery' in The Merchant of Venice, Ian Smith
10. Bruised with Adversity: Reading Race in The Comedy of Errors, Patricia Akhimie
11. Identifying 'the Dane': Gender and Race in Hamlet, Emily C. Bartels
12. The Imperial Graft: Horticulture, Hybridity, and the Art of Mingling Races in Henry V and Cymbeline, Jean E. Feerick
13. Identities and Bodies in Early Modern Studies, Ania Loomba
Part IV: Sexualities
14. Shakespeare. Same Sex. Marriage, Julie Crawford
15. Comedies End in Marriage, Kathryn Schwarz
16. The Fierce Urgency of Now: Queer Theory, Presentism, and Romeo and Juliet, Will Stockton
17. Impure Resistance: Heteroeroticism, Feminism, and Shakespearean Tragedy, Melissa E. Sanchez
18. 'Strange Things in Hand': Perverse Pleasures and Erotic Triangles in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Carol Thomas Neely
19. 'Stray[ing] lower where the pleasant fountains lie': Cunnilingus in Venus and Adonis and in English Culture, c.1600-1700, William Fisher
20. Equeer: Human-Equine Erotics in 1 Henry IV, Karen Raber
Part V: Embodied Worlds, Reconfigured Agencies
21. Passionate Spirits: Animism and Embodiment in Cymbeline and The Tempest, Elizabeth D. Harvey
22. Entangled Agency: The Assassin's Conscience in Richard III and King John, Mario DiGangi
23. Personification and the Political Imagination of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Amanda Bailey
24. Time to Cheat: Chess and The Tempest's Performative History of Dynastic Marriage, Gina Bloom
25. Shakespeare Differently Disabled, Tobin Siebers
26. Disability Figures in Shakespeare, Vin Nardizzi
27. Incorporating Kate: The Myth of Monolingualism in Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth, Marjorie Rubright
28. Roguery and Reproduction in The Winter's Tale, Ari Friedlander
29. Exit Pursued by a Bear: Staging Animal Bodies in A Winter's Tale, Maureen Quilligan
Part VI: Textual Production and Reproduction
30. Typographical Embodiment: The Case of etcetera, Laurie Maguire
31. The Gendered Text and Its Labour, Valerie Wayne
32. Glossing and T*pping: Editing Sexuality, Race, and Gender in Othello, Jeffrey Masten
Part VII: Cultural Performances Past and Present
33. A Time for The Merry Wives of Windsor, Kathleen E. McLuskie
34. Dead Likenesses and Sex Machines: Shakespearean Media Theory, Jennifer Waldron
35. Pretty and Apt: Boy Actors, Skill, and Embodiment, Evelyn Tribble
36. Double Falsehood: Cardenio and the Lost History of Rape, Holly Dugan
37. Interrupting the Lucrece Effect? The Performance of Rape on the Early Modern Stage, Jean E. Howard
38. Magic in the Chains: Othello, Omkara, and the Materiality of Gender Across Time and Media, Diana E. Henderson
39. Precarious Bodies: Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad at the World Shakespeare Festival, Susan Bennett
40. Becoming Caliban: Monster Methods and Performance Theories, Lauren Eriks Cline
41. Embodiment and the Classroom Performance, Ayanna Thompson and Laura Turchi
42. Feeling Shakespeare, Denise Albanese

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