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Shakespeare's division of experience

Author: Marilyn French
Publisher: New York : Summit Books, ©1981.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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William Shakespeare regarded men and women quite differently. In his early plays, the so-called masculine qualities of prowess, bravery, and individualism were accorded more respect than "feminine" attributes of mercy, compassion, and intuitiveness. Yet, in his later plays, there is evidence of a reversal in Shakespeare's attitudes, a new fear of the power of the masculine principle and new admiration for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
French, Marilyn, 1929-2009.
Shakespeare's division of experience.
New York : Summit Books, ©1981
(OCoLC)644259299
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marilyn French
ISBN: 067144865X 9780671448653
OCLC Number: 6790340
Description: 376 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Gender principles --
Formal equivalents of the gender principles --
Power : the first tetralogy --
Marriage --
Constancy --
Money --
Realm of emotion --
Chaste constancy --
Problem plays --
Chaos come again : ideals banished --
Late tragedies --
New synthesis : Romances.
Responsibility: Marilyn French.

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William Shakespeare regarded men and women quite differently. In his early plays, the so-called masculine qualities of prowess, bravery, and individualism were accorded more respect than "feminine" attributes of mercy, compassion, and intuitiveness. Yet, in his later plays, there is evidence of a reversal in Shakespeare's attitudes, a new fear of the power of the masculine principle and new admiration for the feminine. Marilyn French offers a feminist perspective on each of Shakespeare's plays. More than a brilliantly original literary interpretation, this fascinating volume provides penetrating insight into attitudes toward men, women, love, and power in Western culture. - Publisher.

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