The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0496 Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Date: December 5, 2012 12:11:33 AM EST
Subject: Book Announcement: Shakespeare and the Shrew
I am about as pleased as I ever have been about anything to let you know that my book Shakespeare and the Shrew: Performing the Defiant Female Voice is now in print, as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s “Shakespeare Studies” series.
Here is the link to Palgrave's site:
I have identified twelve characters in Shakespeare’s plays as being derived from the theatrical stock type, the ‘shrew’ (who is included and who omitted will most likely generate plenty of argument before we even delve into the content), and looked at both the text and how they have appeared in performances from around the last twenty years.
This is the dust jacket blurb:
Whenever Shakespeare wrote a ‘shrew’ into one of his plays he created a character who challenged ideas about acceptable behaviour for a woman. This is as true today as when the plays were first performed. A shrew is a woman who refuses to be quiet when she is told to be, who says things that people do not want to hear. She is constructed to alleviate male anxieties through ridicule, but like so many objects of comedy or derision, she is full of power because of her very ability to generate these anxieties. ‘Shrew’ is supposed to be an insult, but has often been used to describe women enacting behaviour that can be brave, clever, noble or just. This book marries an examination of Shakespeare’s shrews in his plays with their history in recent performance, to investigate our own attitudes to hearing women with defiant voices.