Shakespearean Tragedy and Gender

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Shirley Nelson Garner, Madelon G. Sprengnether, eds.
Indiana University Press, 1996
336 pp.

These essays mount a powerful critique of the tragic hero as representative of the errors and sufferings of humankind. They come from a variety of perspectives — including feminist new historicism, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, and autobiographical criticism. While considering Shakespeare’s earliest attempts at tragedy in Richard III and Titus Andronicus, this volume also covers the major tragic period, giving special attention to Othello.

 

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