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Shakespeare on Masculinity

Hardcover - 21 December 2000
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Masculinity was a political issue in early-modern England. Phrases such as courage-masculine or manly virtue took on a special meaning and signified commitment to the ideals of militant Protestantism. Diplomacy and compromise were disparaged as feminine. This text presents a study of the way Shakespeare's plays engage with this ideal, also a subject that provoked bitter public dispute. Robin Headlam Wells argues that Shakespeare took a sceptical view of the militant-Protestant cult of heroic masculinity. Following a series of portraits of the dangerously charismatic warrior-hero, Shakespeare turned at the end of his writing career to a different kind of leader. If the heroes of the martial tragedies evoke a Herculean ideal of manhood, The Tempest portrays a ruler who, Orpheus-like, uses the arts of civilization to bring peace to a divided world. Other plays receiving close readings include Henry V, Troilus and Cressida, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and Coriolanus.

Product Details

ISBN-10: 0521662044

ISBN-13: 9780521662048

Publisher: Cambridge University Press       

Language: English

Age Range: NA - NA years

Grade Level: NA - NA

Format: Hardcover | 262 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.91 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.55 Kg

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