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Author Callaghan, Dympna
Title Shakespeare without women : representing gender and race on the Renaissance stage / Dympna Callaghan
Imprint London ; New York : Routledge, 2000
book jacket
 CLP Library  873.433 C156    AVAILABLE    30580001371652
 Euro-Am Studies Lib 2F  822.33 Sh156cab 2000    AVAILABLE    30500101021429
Descript xiii, 219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Accents on Shakespeare
Accents on Shakespeare
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-209) and index
Introduction: Cleopatra had a way with her -- "And all is semblative a woman's part": body politics and Twelfth Night -- The castrator's song: Female impersonation on the early modern stage -- "Othello was a white man": properties of race on Shakespeare's stage -- Irish memories in The Tempest -- What is an audience?
"Shakespeare Without Women is a controversial study of female impersonation and the connections between dramatic and political representation in Shakespeare's plays. In this book, Callaghan argues that all Shakespeare's actors were, of historical necessity, (white) males which meant that the portayal of women and racial others posed unique problems for his theatre. What is important, Shakespeare Without Women claims, is not to bemoan the absence of women, Africans, or the Irish, but to determine what such absences meant in their historical context and why they matter today."--Jacket
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Women
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Africans
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- To 1625
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Political and social views
Theater -- Casting -- England -- History -- 16th century
Theater -- Casting -- England -- History -- 17th century
Feminism and theater -- England -- History
Female impersonators -- England -- History
Theater and society -- England -- History
Africans in literature
Blacks in literature
Women in literature
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