Shakespeare's Feminine Endings: Disfiguring Death in the Tragedies

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Psychology Press, 1999 - 197 Seiten
In this elegant and provocative book, Philippa Berry rewrites critical perceptions of death in Shakespeare's tragedies from a feminist perspective, drawing on feminist theory, postmodern thought and queer theory.Philippa Berry draws on feminist theory, postmodern thought and queer theory, to challenge existing critical notions of what is fundamental to Shakespearean tragedy. She shows how, through a network of images clustered around feminine or feminized characters, these plays 'disfigure' conventional ideas of death as a bodily end, as their figures of women are interwoven with provocative meditations upon matter, time, the soul, and the body. The scope of these tragic speculations was radical in Shakespeare's day; yet they also have a surprising relevance to contemporary debates about time and matter in science and philosophy.
 

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sexual matters and Shakespeares
1
Double dying and other tragic inversions Romeo
21
Echoic language and tragic identity Hamlet
44
tragedy
72
revolutions of time fate and sovereignty
102
Cordelias bond and Britannias missing middle King
135
Notes
167
Index
189
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