Shakespeare on Masculinity
By (author) Robin Headlam Wells
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Shakespeare on Masculinity by Robin Headlam Wells
Book DescriptionMasculinity was a political issue in early modern England. Phrases such as 'courage-masculine' or 'manly virtue' took on a special meaning and signified commitment to the ideals of militant Protestantism. Diplomacy and compromise were disparaged as 'feminine'. Shakespeare on Masculinity is an original study of the way Shakespeare's plays engage with this ideal and a subject that provoked bitter public dispute. Robin Headlam Wells argues that Shakespeare took a sceptical view of the militant-Protestant cult of heroic masculinity. Following a series of portraits of the dangerously charismatic warrior-hero, Shakespeare turned at the end of his writing career to a different kind of leader. If the heroes of the martial tragedies evoke a Herculean ideal of manhood, The Tempest portrays a ruler who, Orpheus-like, uses the arts of civilization to bring peace to a divided world. Other plays receiving close readings include Henry V, Troilus and Cressida, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and Coriolanus.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521662048
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robin Headlam Wells
Shakespeare's Humanism, Paperback (April 2009)
This book argues that the idea of a universal human nature was as important to Shakespeare as it was to every other Renaissance writer.
Shakespeare's Politics, Paperback (January 2009)
Offers an introduction to the political and historical context to Shakespeare's tragedy and history plays. This title provides an overview of the key political issues that were debated in late Elizabethan and early Stuart England. It suitable for those studying Shakespeare.
Elizabethan Mythologies, Paperback (December 2006)» View all books by Robin Headlam Wells
Robin Headlam Wells re-examines the myth, central to the Orpheus story, in this 1994 book.
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