Looking for Sex in Shakespeare
By (author) Stanley W. Wells
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Looking for Sex in Shakespeare by Stanley W. Wells
Book DescriptionStanley Wells is one of the best-known and most versatile of Shakespeare scholars. This book, written with characteristic verve and accessibility, considers how far sexual meaning in Shakespeare's writing is a matter of interpretation by actors, directors and critics. Tracing interpretations of Shakespearean bawdy and innuendo from eighteenth-century editors to recent scholars and critics, Wells pays special attention to recent sexually orientated studies of A Midsummer Night's Dream, once regarded as the most innocent of its author's plays. He considers the Sonnets, some of which are addressed to a man, and asks whether they imply same-sex desire in the author, or are quasi-dramatic projections of the writer's imagination. Finally, he looks at how male-to-male relationships in the plays have been interpreted as sexual in both criticism and performance. Stanley Wells's lively, provocative, and open-minded book will appeal to a broad readership of students, theatregoers and Shakespeare lovers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521540391
(216mm x 138mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Part of Shakespeare's tetralogy dealing with the Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses, this second play includes an introduction to Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan theatre and provides a separate introduction to Henry VI, Part Two.
Shakespeare Beyond Doubt, Hardback (April 2013)
Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare? This authoritative collection of essays brings fresh perspectives to bear on an intriguing cultural phenomenon.
Shakespeare, Sex, and Love, Paperback (February 2012)
How does Shakespeare's treatment of human sexuality relate to the sexual conventions and language of his times? Looking at both plays and poetry, this lively and informative book explores Shakespeare's portrayal of desire, jealousy, and same-gender relationships, as well as how sex becomes a source of humour in his comedies.
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Author Biography - Stanley W. Wells
Stanley Wells has devoted most of his life to teaching, editing, and writing about Shakespeare and his contemporaries. He was Director of the Shakespeare Institute from 1987 to 1997. He is General Editor of the Oxford editions of Shakespeare, edited King Lear for the multi-volume Oxford Shakespeare, and has been associated with the New Penguin edition, for which he edited several plays, since its inception. His publications include Shakespeare: A Dramatic Life, Shakespeare: For All Time (2002) and (with Paul Edmondson) Shakespeare's Sonnets (forthcoming in 2004). He is editor of Shakespeare on the Stage: An Anthology of Criticism, with E. A Davies of Shakespeare and the Moving Image, with Michael Dobson of The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, with Margreta da Grazia of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare, with Sarah Stanton of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on the Stage, and with Lena Orlin of Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide.
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