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Shakespeare on Masculinity (Electronic book text)
Shakespeare on Masculinity (Electronic book text): Robin Headlam Wells

Shakespeare on Masculinity (Electronic book text)

Robin Headlam Wells

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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'. Shakespeare on Masculinity is an original study of the way Shakespeare's plays engage with this ideal and 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.

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Imprint: Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: December 2004
First published: 2000
Authors: Robin Headlam Wells
Format: Electronic book text
ISBN-13: 978-0-511-03364-3
Languages: English
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Plays & playwrights
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Plays & playwrights > 16th to 18th centuries
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Plays & playwrights > 16th to 18th centuries > Shakespeare studies & criticism
LSN: 0-511-03364-8
Barcode: 9780511033643

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