First published in 1991, this book is the first annotated bibliography of feminist Shakespeare criticism from 1975 to 1988 — a period that saw a remarkable amount of ground-breaking work. While the primary focus is on feminist studies of Shakespeare, it also includes wide-ranging works on language, desire, role-playing, theatre conventions, marriage, and Elizabethan and Jacobean culture — shedding light on Shakespeare’s views on and representation of women, sex and gender. Accompanying the 439 entries are extensive, informative annotations that strive to maintain the original author’s perspective, supplying a careful and thorough account of the main points of an article.
A. Contributions of Feminist Criticism to the Study of Shakespeare
B. Was Shakespeare a Feminist or Wasn’t He?
C. Shakespeare and Renaissance Ideologies of Marriage and Women
D. Combating Stereotypes E. "In Defense of Cressida…"
F. Dissolving Gender Boundaries
G. Gender and Theatrical Boundaries
H. Shakespeare’s Androgynous Heroines and the Politics of Gender
I. Genre and Gender
J. The Taming of the Shrew — Marital Battlefield or a Field of Games?
K. Women’s Friendships, Language and Mother-Daughter Relationships
L. Scope and Organization of This Book
Annotated Bibliography of Scholarship
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