This book examines the important themes of sexuality, gender, love, and marriage in stage, literary, and film treatments of Shakespeare's plays.
From Macbeth to Twelfth Night to Romeo and Juliet>, the topics of sexuality, gender roles, and love are central to the plots of many of Shakespeare's plays. Ironically, both male and female roles were portrayed by men on the early-modern English stage.
The theme of sexuality is often integral to Shakespeare's works and therefore merits a thorough exploration.
Sexuality in the Age of Shakespeare begins with descriptions of sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome, medieval England, and early-modern Europe and England, then segues into examinations of the role of sexuality in Shakespeare's plays and poetry, and also in film and stage productions of his plays. The author employs various theoretical approaches to establish detailed interpretations of Shakespeare's plays and provides excerpts from several early-modern marriage manuals to illustrate the typical gender roles of the time. The book concludes with bibliographies that students of Shakespeare will find invaluable for further study.
• Includes excerpts of four English early-modern marriage manuals
• A bibliography contains sources regarding Greek, Roman, medieval, and early-modern European sexuality as well as Shakespearean criticism
• A glossary clarifies unfamiliar terms
• Provides a wide-ranging examination of sexuality and gender in the plays of Shakespeare on stage and film, as well as in Greece, Rome, medieval England, and early-modern England and Europe
• Discusses Shakespeare's plays from New Historicist and feminist/gender criticism perspectives
• Provides information appropriate for high school, undergraduate, and academic libraries