Shakespeare’s plays have a long and varied performance history. The relevance of his plays in literary studies cannot be understated, but only recently have scholars been looking into the presence and significance of animals within the canon-- without having to do extensive research, readers will quickly find the plays are teeming with animals! In this Handbook, Karen Raber and Holly Dugan delve deep into Shakespeare’s World to illuminate and understand the use of animals in his span of work. This volume supplies a valuable resource, offering a broad and thorough grounding in the many ways animal references and the appearance of actual animals in the plays can be interpreted. It provides a thorough overview, demonstrates rigorous, original research, and charts new frontiers in the field through a broad variety of contributions from an international group of well-known and respected scholars.
Part 1. Animal Metaphors: History, Theory, Representation
Chapter 1 Rebecca Ann Bach, "Avian Shakespeare"
Chapter 2 Daniel Brayton, "Shakespeare’s Fishponds: Matter, Metaphor, and Market"
Chapter 3 Bryan Alkemeyer, "’I am the dog’: Canine Abjection, Species Reversal, and Misanthropic Satire
in Two Gentlemen of Verona
Chapter 4 Crystal Bartolovich, "Learning from Crab: Primitive Accumulation, Migration, Species Being "
Chapter 5 Karl Steel, "Animal Behavior and Metaphor, in Shakespeare and His Fellow Dramatists"
Part 2. Scales of Meaning
Chapter 6 Ian MacInnes, "Cow-Cross Lane and Curriers Row: Animal Networks in Early Modern England"
Chapter 7 Benjamin Bertram, "’Everything exists by strife’: War and Creaturely Violence in Shakespeare’s Late Tragedies"
Chapter 8 Lucinda Cole, "Zoonotic Shakespeare: Animals, Plagues, and the Medical Posthumanities"
Chapter 9 Joseph Campana, "Flock, Herd, Swarm: A Shakespearean Lexicon of Creaturely Collectivity"
Part 3. Animal Worlds/ Animal Language
Chapter 10 Keith Botelho, "Swarm Life: Shakespeare’s School of Insects"
Chapter 11 Nicole Jacobs, "‘Where the Bee Sucks’: Bernardian Ecology and the Post-Reformation Animal"
Chapter 12 Liza Blake and Kathryn Vomero Santos, "What Does the Wolf Say?: Wolvish Tongues and Animal Language in Coriolanus"
Chapter 13 Bruce Boehrer, "Shrewd Shakespeare"
Part 4. Training, Performance, and Living with Animals
Chapter 14 Elspeth Graham, "The Training Relationship: horses, hawks, dogs, bears and humans"
Chapter 15 Todd Borlik, "Performing The Winter’s Tale in the ‘Open’: Bear Plays, Skinners’ Pageants, and the Early Modern Fur Trade
Chapter 16 Julian Yates, "Counting Shakespeare’s Sheep with The Second Shepherd’s Play"
Chapter 17 Laurie Shannon, "Silly Creatures: King Lear (with Sheep)"
Part 5. Animal Boundaries and Identities
Chapter 18 Nicole Mennell, "The Lion King: Shakespeare’s Beastly Sovereigns"
Chapter 19 Jennifer Reid, "‘Wearing the Horn’: Class and Community in the Shakespearean Hunt"
Chapter 20 Steven Swarbrick, "On Eating--the Animal That Therefore I Am: Race and Animal Rites in Titus Andronicus"
Chapter 21 Rob Wakeman, "’What’s this? what’s this?’: Stockfish and Piscine Sexuality in Measure for Measure"
Chapter 22 Karen Raber, "My Palfrey, Myself: Toward a Queer Phenomenology of the Horse-Human Bond in Henry V and Beyond"
Chapter 23 Erica Fudge, "‘Forgiveness, horse’: The Barbaric World of Richard II"