A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare
The question is not whether Shakespeare studies needs feminism, but whether feminism needs Shakespeare. This is the explicitly political approach taken in the dynamic and newly updated edition of A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare.
- Provides the definitive feminist statement on Shakespeare for the 21st century
- Updates address some of the newest theatrical andcreative engagements with Shakespeare, offering fresh insights into Shakespeare's plays and poems, and gender dynamics in early modern England
- Contributors come from across the feminist generations and from various stages in their careers to address what is new in the field in terms of historical and textual discovery
- Explores issues vital to feminist inquiry, including race, sexuality, the body, queer politics, social economies, religion, and capitalism
- In addition to highlighting changes, it draws attention to the strong continuities of scholarship in this field over the course of the history of feminist criticism of Shakespeare
- The previous edition was a recipient of a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award; this second edition maintains its coverage and range, and bringsthe scholarship right up to the present day
Dympna Callaghan is William L. Safire Professor of Modern Letters at Syracuse University, New York. Her books inlcude Shakespeare Without Women (2000), The Impact of Feminism in English Renaissance Culture (2006), Shakespeare's Sonnets (2007), Who Was William Shakespeare (Wiley Blackwell, 2013), and Hamlet: Language and Writing (2015). She is a past president of Shakespeare Association of America.
A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare
Notes on Contributors
Denise Albanese is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at George Mason University. Author of Extramural Shakespeare (2010) and New Science, New World (1996), Albanese has also published on Tudor-Stuart mathematics, Shakespeare in performance, and the place of literature in cultural studies. She regularly teaches courses in Shakespeare, Milton, and other early modern writing; critical and literary theory; mass culture; and the cultural study of science and technology. Currently she is working on two book projects: one concerning science and life-forms in the early modern period; and another on Shakespeare as a public object, focused on discourses of performance.
Philippa Berry was Fellow and Director of Studies in English at King's College Cambridge from 1988 until 2004. She is the author of Chastity and Power: Elizabethan Literature and the Unmarried Queen (1989) and of Shakespeare's Feminine Endings: Disfiguring Death in the Tragedies (1999), and coeditor with Andrew Wernick of Shadow and Spirit: Postmodernism and Religion (1993) and of Textures of Renaissance Knowledge with Margaret Tudeau-Clayton (2003).
Amy K. Burnette is a doctoral candidate in English at Syracuse University, New York. She is currently at work on her dissertation, "Praxis Memoriae: Memory as Aesthetic Technique in English Renaissance Literature, 1580-1630." Her dissertation project explores how ideas circulating about memory, namely within the context of the humanist revival of the classical ars memoria, supplied late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century authors with a theory and practice of literary invention.
Dympna Callaghan is William L. Safire Professor of Modern Letters at Syracuse University, New York. In 2012-13 she served as the President of the Shakespeare Association of America. Callaghan is the editor of the Arden Shakespeare Language and Writing series and coeditor, with Michael Dobson, of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies series. She has held fellowships all over the world, including Clare Hall and Hughes Hall, Cambridge, the Newberry Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Getty Research Center, Queen's University Belfast, the University of Queensland, Australia, and the Bogliasco Foundation, Italy. Her books include Woman and Gender in Renaissance Tragedy (1989), Shakespeare Without Women (2000), The Impact of Feminism in English Renaissance Culture (2006), Shakespeare's Sonnets (2007), Who Was William Shakespeare? (2013) and Hamlet: Language and Writing (2015). She has also edited The Taming of the Shrew (2013) for Norton, and a contextual edition of Romeo and Juliet for Bedford/St. Martin's (2009).
Mario DiGangi is Professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where he serves as Executive Officer of the PhD Program in English. He is the author of The Homoerotics of Early Modern Drama (1997) and Sexual Types: Embodiment, Agency, and Dramatic Character from Shakespeare to Shirley (2011), and has also contributed to several collections, including Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare; Love, Sex, Intimacy and Friendship between Men, 1550-1800; A Companion to Renaissance Drama; and A Companion to Shakespeare's Works: The Comedies. He has edited Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare, and The Winter's Tale for the Bedford Shakespeare: Texts and Contexts series. His current project explores affective politics in early modern history plays.
Juliet Dusinberre is a Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. Her first book, Shakespeare and the Nature of Women, still in print after 37 years, was a pio