She Hath Been Reading

Women and Shakespeare Clubs in America
Author: Katherine West Scheil
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801464692
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 240
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In the late nineteenth century hundreds of clubs formed across the United States devoted to the reading of Shakespeare. From Pasadena, California, to the seaside town of Camden, Maine; from the isolated farm town of Ottumwa, Iowa, to Mobile, Alabama, on the Gulf coast, Americans were reading Shakespeare in astonishing numbers and in surprising places. Composed mainly of women, these clubs offered the opportunity for members not only to read and study Shakespeare but also to participate in public and civic activities outside the home. In She Hath Been Reading, Katherine West Scheil uncovers this hidden layer of intellectual activity that flourished in American society well into the twentieth century. Shakespeare clubs were crucial for women's intellectual development because they provided a consistent intellectual stimulus (more so than was the case with most general women's clubs) and because women discovered a world of possibilities, both public and private, inspired by their reading of Shakespeare. Indeed, gathering to read and discuss Shakespeare often led women to actively improve their lot in life and make their society a better place. Many clubs took action on larger social issues such as women's suffrage, philanthropy, and civil rights. At the same time, these efforts served to embed Shakespeare into American culture as a marker for learning, self-improvement, civilization, and entertainment for a broad array of populations, varying in age, race, location, and social standing. Based on extensive research in the archives of the Folger Shakespeare Library and in dozens of local archives and private collections across America, She Hath Been Reading shows the important role that literature can play in the lives of ordinary people. As testament to this fact, the book includes an appendix listing more than five hundred Shakespeare clubs across America.

Imagining Shakespeare's Wife

The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway
Author: Katherine West Scheil
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108416691
Category: Drama
Page: 320
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Examines representations of Anne Hathaway from the eighteenth century to contemporary portrayals in theatre, biographies and novels.

Reading Shakespeare's Soliloquies

Text, Theatre, Film
Author: Neil Corcoran
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474253520
Category: Drama
Page: 240
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'Now I am alone,' says Hamlet before speaking a soliloquy. But what is a Shakespearean soliloquy? How has it been understood in literary and theatrical history? How does it work in screen versions of Shakespeare? What influence has it had? Neil Corcoran offers a thorough exploration and explanation of the origin, nature, development and reception of Shakespeare's soliloquies. Divided into four parts, the book supplies the historical, dramatic and theoretical contexts necessary to understanding, offers extensive and insightful close readings of particular soliloquies and includes interviews with eight renowned Shakespearean actors providing details of the practical performance of the soliloquy. A comprehensive study of a key aspect of Shakespeare's dramatic art, this book is ideal for students and theatre-goers keen to understand the complexities and rewards of Shakespeare's unique use of the soliloquy.

Shakespeare and Domestic Life

A Dictionary
Author: Sandra Clark
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472581814
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 456
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This dictionary explores the language of domestic life found in Shakespeare's work and seeks to demonstrate the meanings he attaches to it through his uses of it in particular contexts. "Domestic life" covers a range of topics: the language of the household, clothing, food, family relationships and duties; household practices, the architecture of the home, and all that conditions and governs the life of the home. The dictionary draws on recent cultural materialist research to provide in-depth definitions of the domestic language and life in Shakespeare's works, creating a richly rewarding and informative reference tool for upper level students and scholars.

Unhistorical Shakespeare

Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film
Author: M. Menon
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230614574
Category: Social Science
Page: 195
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Unhistorical Shakespeare argues against the ideas of difference that underpin historicist studies of the past and its desires, offering, instead, the idea of homo-history to engage with issues of narcissism, anachronism, and recursiveness in conjunction with sexual desire.

The Home Missionary


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Home missions
Page: N.A
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No. 3 of each volume contains the annual report and minutes of the annual meeting.

Dramatic Works

With Explanatory Notes
Author: William Shakespeare,Samuel Ayscough
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
View: 464

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Wenny Has Wings


Author: Janet Lee Carey
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 068986759X
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 240
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Having had a near-death experience in the accident that killed his younger sister, eleven-year-old Will tries to cope with the situation by writing her letters.

Ovid and the Cultural Politics of Translation in Early Modern England


Author: Liz Oakley-Brown
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754651550
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 222
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In this study, Liz Oakley-Brown considers English versions of the Metamorphoses - a poem concerned with translation and transformation on a multiplicity of levels - as important sites of social and historical difference from the fifteenth to the early eig

Kindred


Author: Octavia Butler
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807083704
Category: Fiction
Page: 264
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Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries


Author: J. Hart
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230118143
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 254
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This book is concerned with language, genre, drama, and literary and historical narrative and examines the comedy of Shakespeare in the context of comedies from Italy, Spain, and France in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Cymbeline


Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 0230300901
Category: Drama
Page: 240
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A fresh new edition of Shakespeare's magical late play, developed by and for the RSC, includes new interviews with acclaimed directors Dominic Cooke and Emma Rice, looks at specific productions in the play's history, and a completely new introduction by acclaimed scholar Jonathan Bate

The British Theatre

Or, A Collection of Plays which are Acted at the Theatres Royal, Drury Lane, Covent Garden and Haymarket
Author: Mrs. Inchbald
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: English drama
Page: N.A
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