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Sexuality in the Age of Shakespeare by
Call Number: Print Books (PR3069.S45 R36 201 )
Publication Date: 2011-05-01
This book examines the important themes of sexuality, gender, love, and marriage in stage, literary, and film treatments of Shakespeare's plays.
Twelfth Night by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2008-03-12
The characters of Twelfth Night are both memorable and engaging and it is through their funny, and at times bitter, interplay that we experience the peculiar world of Shakespeare's Illyria. This study begins with a introduction to the concept of "characters" on the early-modern stage before proceeding to a textual analysis of each of the main characters in the play, looking at how what they say and do, and what is said about them, creates the illusion of "character". Each chapter also contains a brief account of key performances by actors on stage and in film.
The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies by
Call Number: Print Books (PR2981 .G39 2008)
Publication Date: 2008-04-17
Why did theatre audiences laugh in Shakespeare's day? Why do they still laugh now? What did Shakespeare do with the conventions of comedy that he inherited, so that his plays continue to amuse and move audiences? What do his comedies have to say about love, sex, gender, power, family, community, and class? What place have pain, cruelty, and even death in a comedy? Why all those puns? In a survey that travels from Shakespeare's earliest experiments in farce and courtly love-stories to the great romantic comedies of his middle years and the mould-breaking experiments of his last decade's work, this book addresses these vital questions.
A Sampling of Articles
Queer Reading of Twelfth Night
Miranda Fay Thomas explores how Twelfth Night interrogates conventional ideas about gender and sexuality, portraying gender as performative and suggesting erotic possibilities between same-sex pairs.
M. O. A. I. 'What Should That Alphabetical Position Portend?': An Answer to the Metamorphic Malvolio
This paper is an attempt to answer the riddle set up by Malvolio's cryptic question which occurs in the box-tree scene (2.5) of Twelfth Night. The essay surveys a number of alternative solutions proposed by critics, editors, and actors.
The Apprentice, the Clown, and the Puritan: Comic Revenge as Theatrical Drawing-out in Twelfth Night
In manipulating Malvolio into the role of ambition-crazed pseudo-lover, Maria humiliates and disempowers him by ironically theatrical means, while enabling Feste to extend his subversive comic role.
Rousing the Midnight Owl: Malvolio, Twelfth Night and Anti-Puritan Satire
The article focuses on the character Malvolio in the play "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare and anti-Puritan satire in the play.
Rethinking Sexuality and Class in "Twelfth Night."
This article endeavors to reread the class and gender issues in William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" in a more sociohistorical context than has been typical of criticism in the past two decades. The article examines the final scene, in which the "arbitrary" pairing of the male and female characters into heterosexual couples, in terms of both comic convention and earlier realistic character arcs.