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This is the first collection of critical essays devoted exclusively to Shakespeare's first published work, his long narrative poem Venus and Adonis , which established his reputation as the literary darling of London and the heir of Ovid. Particularly important is the book's coverage of the little-known presence of Venus and Adonis on stage. A substantial introduction of sixty-five pages surveys the history of criticism about the poem and its significance, and addresses such issues as the burdens of readership and the poem as a staged production. Following are nineteen reprinted works from the eighteenth to late twentieth centuries and seven original essays by leading scholars that examine the poem from a variety of theoretical and critical perspectives-Lacanian desire, semiotics and Elizabethan wardship, female readership, mythology, aesthetics and art history. An extensive chronological bibliography of scholarship, editions, and theatrical and literary reviews makes this volume indispensable.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815321491
ISBN-10: 081532149X
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Garland Publishing Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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