Women's worlds in Shakespeare's plays /
Irene G. Dash.
Newark, Del. : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1997.
304 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0874135990 (alk. paper)
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Newark, Del. : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1997.
0874135990 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-294) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-08:
Building on Dash's Wooing, Wedding, and Power (CH, Apr'82), this book is informed by comprehensive study of promptbooks and the widely used stage versions of plays developed by such theatrical leaders as David Garrick, John Philip Kemble, Henry Irving, and Augustin Daly. Dash (Hunter College, CUNY) traces a two-century tradition of oversimplified and diminished feminine characters as depicted on the English and American stage. She has selected plays in which women seek self-sovereignty, examining the enigmatic responses a dominantly patriarchal culture gives them, even in the uncut texts, and suggesting how cultural biases have guided cuts, rearrangements, and rewrites of feminine parts, and of male interactions with key female characters. Proceeding systematically through the plays chosen for study (AWW, MND, HAM, MAC, and TN), Dash progressively contrasts the characters Shakespeare created with the caricatures theatrical performances have often presented. Though not everyone will agree with every allegation of cultural bias and sexual politics behind every textual cut, all will admire the overwhelming evidence Dash has pulled together from comprehensive study of the promptbooks, and appreciate the restoration of Shakespeare's heroines to their original complexity. Recommended for all collections. D. O. Dickerson; Judson College
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Focusing on five Shakespearean plays, this book offers a fresh approach to the complex choice and decisions the women characters must face. Dash scrutinizes productions over the centuries. Her exciting discoveries show the subtle ways in which the characters have been changed.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introduction: Worlds Within Worldsp. 17
When Women Choose: All's Well that Ends Wellp. 35
Male Magic: A Midsummer Night's Dreamp. 67
Conflicting Loyalties: Hamletp. 111
Dependent Identities: Macbethp. 155
Challenging Conventions: Twelfth Nightp. 211
Conclusion: The Great Globe Itselfp. 247
Notesp. 255
Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 295
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