Shakespeare Sex and Love

Shakespeare  Sex  and Love

Pre-eminent Shakespearean critic Stanley Wells draws on historical and anecdotal sources to present an illuminating account of sexual behaviour in Shakespeare's time, particularly in Stratford-upon-Avon and London.

Author: Stanley Wells

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199578597

Category: Drama

Page: 282

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This well-illustrated book offers first a fascinating and informative account of the part played by sex in Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and London, and in his own life, followed by discussion of various aspects of his treatment of love and sex in his plays. There are chapters on the humour that Shakespeare gets out of sex in his comedies, on the ways in which he relates sexual desire to both lust and love, and a discussion of Romeo and Juliet as theplay in which in which he focuses most centrally on issues relating to sex, love, and the relationship between them. A chapter on sexual jealousy traces his treatment of the topic in four major plays. 'Sexual Experience' studies his portrayal of, mainly, older lovers, and 'Whores and Saints' looks at hisportrayals of the extremes of womanhood. A final chapter, 'Just Good Friends', investigates his depiction of same-gender relationships.
Categories: Drama

Sex with Shakespeare

Sex with Shakespeare

Advance Praise for Sex with Shakespeare “Calling this book brave is an understatement.

Author: Jillian Keenan

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062378736

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 901

A provocative, moving, kinky, and often absurdly funny memoir about Shakespeare, love, obsession, and spanking When it came to understanding love, a teenage Jillian Keenan had nothing to guide her—until a production of The Tempest sent Shakespeare’s language flowing through her blood for the first time. In Sex with Shakespeare, she tells the story of how the Bard’s plays helped her embrace her unusual sexual identity and find a love story of her own. Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, Keenan’s smart and passionate memoir brings new life to his work. With fourteen of his plays as a springboard, she explores the many facets of love and sexuality—from desire and communication to fetish and fantasy. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Keenan unmasks Helena as a sexual masochist—like Jillian herself. In Macbeth, she examines criminalized sexual identities and the dark side of “privacy.” The Taming of the Shrew goes inside the secret world of bondage, domination, and sadomasochism, while King Lear exposes the ill-fated king as a possible sexual predator. Moving through the canon, Keenan makes it abundantly clear that literature is a conversation. In Sex with Shakespeare, words are love. As Keenan wanders the world in search of connection, from desert dictatorships to urban islands to disputed territories, Shakespeare goes with her —and provokes complex, surprising, and wildly important conversations about sexuality, consent, and the secrets that simmer beneath our surfaces.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Shakespeare on Love and Lust

Shakespeare on Love and Lust

In Shakespeare on Love and Lust, noted scholar Maurice Charney delves deeply into Shakespeare's rhetorical and thematic development of this largest of subjects to reveal what makes his plays and poems resonate with contemporary audiences.

Author: Maurice Charney

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231500067

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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The complex and sometimes contradictory expressions of love in Shakespeare's works—ranging from the serious to the absurd and back again—arise primarily from his dramatic and theatrical flair rather than from a unified philosophy of love. Untangling his witty, bawdy (and ambiguous) treatment of love, sex, and desire requires a sharp eye and a steady hand. In Shakespeare on Love and Lust, noted scholar Maurice Charney delves deeply into Shakespeare's rhetorical and thematic development of this largest of subjects to reveal what makes his plays and poems resonate with contemporary audiences. The paradigmatic star-crossed lovers of Romeo and Juliet, the comic confusions of couples wandering through the wood in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello's tragic jealousy, the homoerotic ways Shakespeare played with cross-dressing on the Elizabethan stage—Charney explores the world in which Shakespeare lived, and how it is reflected and transformed in the one he created. While focusing primarily on desire between young lovers, Charney also explores themes of love in marriage (Brutus and Portia) and in same-sex pairings (Antonio and Sebastian). Against the conventions of Renaissance literature, Shakespeare qualified the Platonic view that true love transcends the physical. Instead, as Charney demonstrates, love in Shakespeare's work is almost always sexual as well as spiritual, and the full range of desire's dramatic possibilities is displayed. Shakespeare on Love and Lust begins by considering the ways in which Shakespeare drew upon and satirized the conventions of Petrarchan Renaissance love poetry in plays like Romeo and Juliet, then explores how courtship is woven into the basic plot formula of the comedies. Next, Charney examines love in the tragedies and the enemies of love (Iago, for example). Later chapters cover the gender complications in such plays as Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew as well as the homoerotic themes woven into many of the poems and plays. Charney concludes with a lively discussion of paradoxes and ambivalences about love expressed by Shakespeare's word play and sexual innuendoes.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare on Page and Stage

Shakespeare on Page and Stage

This volume presents a winning selection of the very best essays from the long and distinguished career of Stanley Wells, one of the most well-known and respected Shakespeare scholars in the world.

Author: Stanley Wells

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198786542

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 496

View: 442

This volume presents a winning selection of the very best essays from the long and distinguished career of Stanley Wells, one of the most well-known and respected Shakespeare scholars in the world. Wells's accomplishments include editing the entire canon of Shakespeare plays for the ground-breaking Oxford Shakespeare and over his lifetime, Wells has made significant contributions to debates over literary criticism of the works, genre study, textual theory, Shakespeare's afterlife in the theatre, and contemporary performance. The volume is introduced by Peter Holland and its thirty chapters are divided into themed sections: "Shakespearian Influences," "Essays on Particular Works," "Shakespeare in the Theatre," and "Shakespeare's Text." An afterword by Margreta de Grazia concludes the volume.
Categories: Literary Collections

Shakespeare s Sexual Comedy

Shakespeare s Sexual Comedy

Discusses the sonnets, The Comedy of Errors, Love's Labours Lost, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and others.

Author: Hugh M. Richmond

Publisher: Indianapolis : Bobbs-Merrill

ISBN: UOM:39015004931138

Category: Sex in literature

Page: 210

View: 565

Discusses the sonnets, The Comedy of Errors, Love's Labours Lost, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and others.
Categories: Sex in literature

Shakespeare UFO Aliens Cleopatra Mark Anthony Book 1 Annals of Free Sex and Love

Shakespeare   UFO Aliens  Cleopatra   Mark Anthony Book  1  Annals of Free Sex and Love

This is the tale of how William Shakespeare was visited by UFO aliens when he was writing CLEOPATRA & MARK ANTHONY his famous play.

Author: Dr. Romance

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781300381983

Category: Fiction

Page:

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This is the tale of how William Shakespeare was visited by UFO aliens when he was writing CLEOPATRA & MARK ANTHONY his famous play. Shakespeare hoped to stop a blood thirsty murder. There are 7 books in the series look for the e-books (also look for the blogs or websites for the e-book Dr. Romance Shakespeare Erotica). There are also editions with nude photographs and extra added love scenes with sex positions for sexual instruction.
Categories: Fiction

Looking for Sex in Shakespeare

Looking for Sex in Shakespeare

None of Shakespeare ' s poems is as explicitly homoerotic as any of Barnfield ' s .
Yet Shakespeare ' s are more intense in their expressions of love – which could
be simply because Shakespeare was the greater poet . His poems use the ...

Author: Stanley Wells

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521540399

Category: Drama

Page: 111

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Stanley Wells is one of the best-known and most versatile of Shakespeare scholars. His new book, written with characteristic verve and accessibility, considers how far sexual meaning in Shakespeare s writing is a matter of interpretation by actors, directors and critics. Tracing interpretations of Shakespearean bawdy and innuendo from eighteenth-century editors to recent scholars and critics, Wells pays special attention to recent sexually orientated studies of A Midsummer Night's Dream, once regarded as the most innocent of its author's plays. He considers the Sonnets, some of which are addressed to a man, and asks whether they imply same-sex desire in the author, or are quasi-dramatic projections of the writer s imagination. Finally, he looks at how male-to-male relationships in the plays have been interpreted as sexual in both criticism and performance. Stanley Wells's lively, provocative, and open-minded new book will appeal to a broad readership of students, theatregoers and Shakespeare lovers.
Categories: Drama

Sexuality in the Comedies of William Shakespeare

Sexuality in the Comedies of William Shakespeare

This fascinating edition examines the comedies of playwright William Shakespeare through the lens of sexuality.

Author: Stephen P. Thompson

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9780737770650

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 160

View: 488

This fascinating edition examines the comedies of playwright William Shakespeare through the lens of sexuality. Essays explore topics such as the ambiguity of Shakespeare's sonnets, Renaissance attitudes toward sexuality, themes of misogyny in Taming of the Shrew, and sexual anxiety in Much Ado About Nothing. Modern perspectives on sexuality and courtship are also presented, covering subjects such as social media and dating, modern mythology about the differences between genders, and a decline in American romantic comedies.
Categories: Young Adult Nonfiction

Shakespeare and the Nature of Love

Shakespeare and the Nature of Love

When I started working on this book I assumed, in keeping with traditional
assumptions, that the definition of romantic love must somehow include a sexual
component, but current research suggests that this is not the case. The desire for
 ...

Author: Marcus Nordlund

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810124233

Category: Drama

Page: 245

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The best conception of love, Marcus Nordlund contends, and hence the best framework for its literary analysis, must be a fusion of evolutionary, cultural, and historical explanation. It is within just such a bio-cultural nexus that Nordlund explores Shakespeare’s treatment of different forms of love. His approach leads to a valuable new perspective on Shakespearean love and, more broadly, on the interaction between our common humanity and our historical contingency as they are reflected, recast, transformed, or even suppressed in literary works. After addressing critical issues about love, biology, and culture raised by his method, Nordlund considers four specific forms of love in seven of Shakespeare’s plays. Examining the vicissitudes of parental love in Titus Andronicus and Coriolanus, he argues that Shakespeare makes a sustained inquiry into the impact of culture and society upon the natural human affections. King Lear offers insight into the conflicted relationship between love and duty. In two problem plays about romantic love, Troilus and Cressida and All’s Well that Ends Well, the tension between individual idiosyncrasies and social consensus becomes especially salient. And finally, in Othello and The Winter’s Tale, Nordlund asks what Shakespeare can tell us about the dark avatar of jealousy.
Categories: Drama

All the Sonnets of Shakespeare

All the Sonnets of Shakespeare

This ground-breaking book assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition.

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108803526

Category: Literary Collections

Page:

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How can we look afresh at Shakespeare as a writer of sonnets? What new light might they shed on his career, personality, and sexuality? Shakespeare wrote sonnets for at least thirty years, not only for himself, for professional reasons, and for those he loved, but also in his plays, as prologues, as epilogues, and as part of their poetic texture. This ground-breaking book assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. An inspiring introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these sometimes challenging but always deeply rewarding witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. Beautifully printed and elegantly presented, this volume will be treasured by students, scholars, and every Shakespeare enthusiast.
Categories: Literary Collections

Shakespeare and Philosophy

Shakespeare and Philosophy

This book is an interdisciplinary work that weaves literary interpretation, legal theory, and philosophical doctrine about sex and love into a coherent mosaic in the context of two of Shakespeare’s plays: The Merchant of Venice and ...

Author: Raymond Angelo Belliotti

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789401208727

Category: Law

Page: 227

View: 811

This book is an interdisciplinary work that weaves literary interpretation, legal theory, and philosophical doctrine about sex and love into a coherent mosaic in the context of two of Shakespeare’s plays: The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure. In the process, the work advances literary interpretations of the plays including character studies of some of the main protagonists. The aim is partly theoretical but mostly practical: to demonstrate what we can learn about living a robustly meaningful and significant human life by taking Shakespeare’s work seriously from contemporary philosophical and legal vantage points. Shakespeare does not reveal a tightly defined moral system that he is trying to urge upon his audience. Instead, Shakespeare challenges his audience to struggle with moral complexity as they confront conflicting elements surrounding legal and moral issues presented in his work and within the souls of his characters. His issues and their conflicts are also ours. Much of Shakespeare’s work consists of raising weighty questions inextricably connected to the human condition and inviting his audience to ponder possible answers. The philosophical lessons about living our lives meaningfully and significantly that we can derive from Shakespeare are simple yet powerful.
Categories: Law

Figuring Sex Between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester

Figuring Sex Between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester

Critics have tended to argue either that Antonio and Bassanio are friends , that
Antonio feels friendly but not sexual love - philia but not eros — for Bassanio ; or
that Antonio does indeed feel eros for Bassanio , and is the older man in love
with ...

Author: Paul Hammond

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198186924

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 281

View: 611

Paul Hammond explores how sexual relationships between men were represented in English literature during the seventeenth century. Figuring Sex between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester is built around two principal themes: firstly the literary strategies through which writers created imaginedspaces for the expression of homosexual desire; and secondly the ways in which such texts were subsequently edited and adapted to remove these references to sex between men.The author begins with a wide-ranging analysis of the forms in which both homosexual desire and homophobic hatred were expressed in the period, focusing on the problems of defining male relationships, the erotic dimension to male friendships, and the uses of classical settings. Subsequent chaptersoffer four case studies. The first focuses on how Shakespeare adapted his sources to introduce the possibility of sexual relations between male characters, with special attention to Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, and the Sonnets, and shows how these elements were removed in later adaptationsof his plays and poems. Subsequent chapters chart the often satirical representation of homosexual rulers from James I to William III; the ambiguous sexuality figured in the poetry of Andrew Marvell; and the libertine homoeroticism of the poetry of the Earl of Rochester.Paul Hammond draws on a wide range of poems, plays, letters, and pamphlets, and discusses a substantial amount of previously unknown material from both printed and manuscript sources.
Categories: Business & Economics

Sex Lies and Shakespeare

Sex  Lies and Shakespeare

Biographies and Autobiographies.

Author: Christopher Rush

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015080900676

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 338

View: 406

Biographies and Autobiographies.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

William Shakespeare A Very Short Introduction

William Shakespeare  A Very Short Introduction

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

Author: Stanley Wells

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191028687

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

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In this new offering from Stanley Wells, the pre-eminent Shakespearian scholar, comes a Very Short Introduction to the life and writings of the world's greatest and best-known dramatists: William Shakespeare. Looking at his early life and education, Wells explores Shakespeare's social and intellectual background and the literary traditions on which Shakespeare drew. Examining the theatres and theatrical profession of the time, he also considers how Shakespeare experienced this world, both as an actor and as a writer. Examining Shakespeare's narrative poems, sonnets, and all of his plays, Wells outlines their sources, style, and originality over the course of Shakespeare's career, to consider the fundamental impact his work has had for subsequent generations. Written with enthusiasm and flair by a scholar who has devoted a lifetime to the study of Shakespeare and his works, this is an engaging and authoritative introduction. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

This is a reference text on Shakespeare's works, times, life, and afterlives.

Author: Michael Dobson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198708735

Category:

Page: 608

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The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare is the most comprehensive reference work available on Shakespeare's life, times, works, and his 400-year global legacy. In addition to the authoritative A-Z entries, it includes nearly 100 illustrations, a chronology, a guide to further reading, a thematic contents list, and special feature entries on each of Shakespeare's works. Tying in with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this much-loved Companion has been revised and updated, reflecting developments and discoveries made in recent years and to cover the performance, interpretation, and the influence of Shakespeare's works up to the present day. First published in 2001, the online edition was revised in 2011, with updates to over 200 entries plus 16 new entries. These online updates appear in print for the first time in this second edition, along with a further 35,000 new and revised words. These include more than 80 new entries, ranging from important performers, directors, and scholars (such as Lucy Bailey, Samuel West, and Alfredo Michel Modenessi), to topics as diverse as Shakespeare in the digital age and the ubiquity of plants in Shakespeare's works, to the interpretation of Shakespeare globally, from Finland to Iraq. To make information on Shakespeare's major works easier to find, the feature entries have been grouped and placed in a centre section (fully cross-referenced from the A-Z). The thematic listing of entries - described in the press as 'an invaluable panorama of the contents' - has been updated to include all of the new entries. This edition contains a preface written by much-lauded Shakespearian actor Simon Russell Beale. Full of both entertaining trivia and scholarly detail, this authoritative Companion will delight the browser and reward students, academics, as well as anyone wanting to know more about Shakespeare.
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The Shakespeare Circle

The Shakespeare Circle

This collection tells the life stories of the people whom we know Shakespeare encountered, shedding new light on Shakespeare's life and times.

Author: Paul Edmondson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107054325

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 365

This collection tells the life stories of the people whom we know Shakespeare encountered, shedding new light on Shakespeare's life and times.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare Sex and the Print Revolution

Shakespeare  Sex and the Print Revolution

But the most significant sex—power link comes with Edgar's song beginning '
Come o'er the bourn, Bessy, to me' — not a lost love-song, but a political
broadside – upon which the fool improvises: Her boat hath a leak, And she must
not speak ...

Author: Gordon Williams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781847141453

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 109

This book investigates how the sexual element in Shakespeare's works is complicated and compromised by the impact of print. Whether the issue is one of censorship and evasion or sexual redefinition, the fact that Shakespeare wrote in the first century of popular print is crucial. Out of the newly-accessible classical canon he creates a reconstituted idea of the sexual temptress; and out of the Counter-Reformation propaganda he fashions his own complex thinking about the prostitute. Shakespeare's theatrical scripts, meeting-ground fro the spoken and written word, contribute powerfully to those socio-sexual debates which had been re-energized by print.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Love. Sex. Violence.Vengeance. The themes in William Shakespeare's plays feel timeless, even if his centuries-old texts do not.

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Callisto Media Inc

ISBN: 9781623151768

Category: Fiction

Page:

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Love. Sex. Violence.Vengeance. The themes in William Shakespeare's plays feel timeless, even if his centuries-old texts do not. Shakespeare Made Clear brings Shakespeare to life with: Complete original text of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Line-by-line modern-day translation in an easy-to-read format Detailed analyses of the play's characters and themes Synopsis and scene-by-scene summaries of the entire play Useful notes Shakespeare's life, relevant history, and Elizabethan language
Categories: Fiction

Shakespeare s Tragedies

Shakespeare s Tragedies

Shakespeare's tragedies contain an astonishing variety of suffering, from suicides and murders to dismemberments and grief. Stanley Wells considers how the bard's tragic plays drew on the literary and theatrical conventions of his time.

Author: Stanley Wells

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198785293

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

View: 628

Tragedy, including grief, pain and suffering, is a common theme in Shakespeare's plays, often leading to the death of at least one character, if not several. Yet such themes can also be found in Shakespearian plays which are classed as comedies, or histories. What is it which makes a Shakespearian tragedy, and what dramatic themes and conventions did the bard draw upon when writing them? In this Very Short Introduction Stanley Wells considers what is meant by the word 'tragedy', and discusses nine of Shakespeare's iconic tragic plays. He explores how the early definitions and theoretical discussions of the concept of tragedy in Shakespeare's time would have influenced these plays, along with the literary influence of Seneca. Wells also considers Shakespeare's uses of the word 'tragedy' itself, analysing whether he had any overall concept of the genre in relation to the drama, and looking at the ways in which the theatrical conventions of his time shaped his plays, such as the use of boy players in women's roles and the physical structures of the playhouses. Offering a critical analysis of each of the nine plays in turn, Wells concludes by discussing why tragedy is regarded as fit subject for entertainment, and what it is about tragic plays that audiences find so enjoyable. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: Literary Criticism