Shakespeare and Gender: Sex and Sexuality in Shakespeare's Plays

Kate Aughterson, Ailsa Grant Ferguson

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Shakespeare and Gender guides students, educators, practitioners and researchers through the complexities of the representation of gender and sexuality in Shakespeare's work. Informed by contemporary and early modern debates and insights into gender and sexuality, including intersectionality, feminist geography, queer and performance studies and fourth-wave feminism, this book provides a lucid and lively discussion of how gender and sexual identity are debated, contested and displayed in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. Using close textual analysis hand-in- hand with diverse contextual materials, the book offers an accessible and intelligent introduction to how gender debates are integral to the plays and poems, and why we continue to read and perform them with this in mind.

Topics and themes discussed include gendering madness, paternity and the patriarchy, sexuality, anxious masculinity, maternal bodies, gender transgression, and kingship and the male body politic.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherArden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury
Number of pages288
ISBN (Electronic)9781474289993, 9781474290005
ISBN (Print)9781474289986, 9781474289979
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameThe Arden Shakespeare


  • Shakespeare
  • gender
  • women
  • femininity
  • masculinity


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