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Author Kamaralli, Anna.

Title Shakespeare and the shrew : performing the defiant female voice / Anna Kamaralli
Published New York : Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource
Series Palgrave Shakespeare Studies
Palgrave Shakespeare studies.
Contents Introduction -- 'Shrewd tempters with their tongues': Historic Shrews -- Constance, Kate Percy, Jeanne la Pucelle, Margaret d'Anjou -- 'My tongue will tell the anger of my heart': Comic Shrews -- Adriana, Katherine, Beatrice -- 'Well she can persuade': Shrews Post-Comedy -- The Tragedies: Goneril, Emilia -- The not-quite Tragedies: Isabella, Marina, Paulina -- Conclusion -- 'Let her speak too' -- Index
Summary Whenever Shakespeare wrote a 'shrew' into one of his plays he created a character who challenged ideas about acceptable behaviour for a woman. This is as true today as when the plays were first performed. A shrew is a woman who refuses to be quiet when she is told to be, who says things that people do not want to hear. She is constructed to alleviate male anxieties through ridicule, but like so many objects of comedy or derision, she is full of power because of her very ability to generate these anxieties. 'Shrew' is supposed to be an insult, but has often been used to describe women enacting behaviour that can be brave, clever, noble or just. This book marries an examination of Shakespeare's shrews in his plays with their history in recent performance, to investigate our own attitudes to hearing women with defiant voices
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 210-241) and index
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Women.
Women in literature.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1137291516 (electronic bk.)
9781137291516 (electronic bk.)