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Reading Shakespeare Historically


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Introduction 1. 'Why should he call her whore?': Defamation and Desdemona's case 2. 'No offence i' th' world': Unlawful marriage in Hamlet 3. Cultural confusion and Shakespeare's learned heroines: 'These are old paradoxes' 4. Twins and travesties: Gender, dependency and sexual availability in Twelfth Night 5. Reading and the technology of textual affect Eramus's familiar letters and Shakespeare's King Lear 6. Alien intelligence: Mercantile exchange and knowledge transactions in Marlowe's Jew of Malta 7. Companionate marriage versus male friendship: Anxiety for the lineal family in Jacobean drama Coda: Unpicking the tapestry - The scholar of women's history as Penelope among her suitors Conclusion: What happens in Hamlet? Notes


..."the historicizings are helpful, interesting and erudite...."
-Modern Philology
"A splendid collection of essays by one of the most distinguished and original scholars on both sides of the Atlantic - "Natalie Zemon, Princeton University Lisa Jardine is an exhilarating guide to the critical controversies and new perspectives that have recently trabsformed our understanding of Shakespeare - "Stephen Greenblatt, UC Berkeley."

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