Sex with Shakespeare: Here's Much to Do with Pain, but More with Love

Hardcover | April 26, 2016

byJillian Keenan

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A provocative, moving, kinky, and often absurdly funny memoir about Shakespeare, love, obsession, and spanking

When it came to understanding love, a teenage Jillian Keenan had nothing to guide her—until a production of The Tempest sent Shakespeare’s language flowing through her blood for the first time. In Sex with Shakespeare, she tells the story of how the Bard’s plays helped her embrace her unusual sexual identity and find a love story of her own.

Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, Keenan’s smart and passionate memoir brings new life to his work. With fourteen of his plays as a springboard, she explores the many facets of love and sexuality—from desire and communication to fetish and fantasy. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Keenan unmasks Helena as a sexual masochist—like Jillian herself. In Macbeth, she examines criminalized sexual identities and the dark side of “privacy.” The Taming of the Shrew goes inside the secret world of bondage, domination, and sadomasochism, while King Lear exposes the ill-fated king as a possible sexual predator. Moving through the canon, Keenan makes it abundantly clear that literature is a conversation. In Sex with Shakespeare, words are love.

As Keenan wanders the world in search of connection, from desert dictatorships to urban islands to disputed territories, Shakespeare goes with her —and provokes complex, surprising, and wildly important conversations about sexuality, consent, and the secrets that simmer beneath our surfaces.

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A provocative, moving, kinky, and often absurdly funny memoir about Shakespeare, love, obsession, and spankingWhen it came to understanding love, a teenage Jillian Keenan had nothing to guide her—until a production of The Tempest sent Shakespeare’s language flowing through her blood for the first time. In Sex with Shakespeare, she tell...

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A smart, provocative, and often absurdly funny memoir about Shakespeare, obsession, and kinkLove. It’s timeless, sublime, tricky, sometimes painful, and hard to understand—just like a certain English playwright we all know. In Sex with Shakespeare, Jillian Keenan tells the story of how the Bard’s plays helped her embrace her unusual se...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.13 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062378716

ISBN - 13:9780062378712

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“Keenan’s memoir is an intellectual exploration of Shakespeare frosted with playful humor. It’s the perfect vacation book: sexy, thrilling and insightful…a sublime summer beach read for anyone who enjoys smart writing about love, travel and sex.”