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Gender and performance in Shakespeare's problem comedies

Author: David Foley McCandless
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1997.
Series: Drama and performance studies.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Composed at a critical moment in English history, Shakespeare's "problem plays"--All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, and Troilus and Cressida - dramatize a crisis in the sex-gender system. They register a male dread of emasculation and engulfment, a fear of female authority and sexuality. In these plays males identify desire for a female as dangerous and unmanly; females contend and confound traditional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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McCandless, David Foley.
Gender and performance in Shakespeare's problem comedies.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)605346617
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William (1564-1616) Shakespeare; William (1564-1616) Shakespeare; William (1564-1616) Shakespeare
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Foley McCandless
ISBN: 0253333067 9780253333063
OCLC Number: 36187334
Description: viii, 205 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: All's Well That Ends Well --
Helena's Femininity: Subject vs. Object --
Bertram's Masculinity: Rite of Passage --
Drama of Difference: Old and New Tales Staging the Bed-Trick --
2. Final Scenes: Unresolved Tension --
Measure for Measure --
The Duke as Ghostly Father --
Angelo's Sadism: Punishing Claudio --
Speechless Dialect: Isabella's (Lacking) Sexuality --
Angelo's Sadomasochistic Fantasy: Propositioning Isabella --
Isabella's Sadomasochism Gestic Staging --
The Duke's Sadomasochistic Spectacle --
Final Moments: "What Do You Think This Is?" --
3. Troilus and Cressida The War as Empty Spectacle --
Troilus and Cressida: The Limits of Sexuality --
Seduction --
The Limits of Subjectivity Feminist Gestus --
Between Men: The Homoerotics of War Final Scenes.
Series Title: Drama and performance studies.
Responsibility: David McCandless.

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Composed at a critical moment in English history, Shakespeare's problem plays dramatize a crisis in the sex-gender system. They register a male dread of emasculation and engulfment, a fear of female  Read more...

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