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Comic women, tragic men : a study of gender and genre in Shakespeare / Linda Bamber.

Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1982.
ISBN 0804711267

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Subjects Characters and characteristics.
Gender identity in literature.
Genres littéraires.
Geschlechterbeziehung <Motiv>
Geschlechterrolle <Motiv>
Geschlechtsverhältnis <Motiv>
Literarische Gestalt.
Literary form -- History -- 16th century.
Literary form -- History -- 17th century.
Literary form.
Moi (Psychologie) dans la littérature.
Rôle selon le sexe dans la littérature.
Self in literature.
Sex role in literature.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Personnages.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Shakespeare, William.
Description 211 pages ; 23 cm
Copyright Date 1982.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This book proceeds from the assumption that Shakespeare, so often perceived as the one writer who appears to have transcended the limits of gender, inevitably writes from the perspective of his own gender. From this perspective, whatever represents the Self is necessarily male; and the Other, which challenges the Self, is female. The author's approach gives us a fresh understanding of both Shakespeare's characters and the structure of the plays. The author defines genre in terms of the nature of the challenge offered by the Other to the Self. Using specific plays and characters of Shakespeare, the author shows how in tragedy the Other betrays or appears to betray the Self; in comedy the Other evades the social hierarchies dominated by versions of the male Self; in romance the Other comes and goes, leaving the Self bereft when she is gone and astounding him with happiness when she reappears. History is defined as a genre in which the masculine heroes confront no challenge from the Other but only from each other, from other versions of the Self. The book consists of a long theoretical introduction followed by chapters on comedy, history, and some individual plays: Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Macbeth, Coriolanus, and The Tempest.
Contents Comic women, tragic men -- Antony and Cleopatra -- Hamlet -- Macbeth and Coriolanus -- The comic heroine and the avoidance of choice -- 1 Henry VI to Henry V: toward tragedy -- After tragedy: The Tempest.
Genre History.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)8624055
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WorldCat Identities Bamber, Linda.
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