Shakespeare and Outsiders by Marianne NovyShakespeare and Outsiders by Marianne Novy

Shakespeare and Outsiders

byMarianne Novy

Paperback | July 10, 2013

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Oxford Shakespeare Topics provide students and teachers with short books on important aspects of Shakespeare criticism and scholarship. Each book is written by an authority in its field, and combines accessible style with original discussion of its subject. This book traces Shakespeare's portrayal of outsiders in some of his most famous plays. Some of Shakespeare's most memorable characters are treated as outsiders in at least part of their plays - Othello, Shylock, Malvolio, Katharine (the 'Shrew') , Edmund, Caliban, and many others. Marked as different and regarded with hostility by some in their society, many of these characters havebecome icons of group identity. While many critics use the term "outsider," this is the first book to analyse it as a relative identity and not a fixed one, a position that characters move into and out of, to show some characters affirming their places as relative insiders by the way they treatothers as more outsiders than they are, and to compare characters who are outsiders not just in terms of race and religion but also in terms of gender, age, poverty, illegitimate birth, psychology, morality, and other issues. Are male characters who love other men outsiders for that reason in Shakespeare? How is the suspicion of women presented differently than suspicion of racial or religious outsiders? How do the speeches in which various outsiders stand up for the rights of their group compare? Can an outsider beadmired? How and why do the plays shift sympathy for or against outsiders? How and why do they show similarities between outsiders and insiders? This book considers such questions with attention both to the historical situation of various kinds of outsiders in Shakespeare's time. With chapters onMerchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Othello, King Lear, The Tempest, and women as outsiders and insiders, this book considers such questions with attention both to recent historical research on Shakespeare's time and d to specifics of the language of Shakespeare's plays and how they work on stageand screen.General Editors: Peter Holland and Stanley Wells
Marianne Novy is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. She has written Love's Argument: Gender Relations in Shakespeare (North Carolina, 1984), Engaging with Shakespeare: On Responses of George Eliot and Other Women Novelists (Georgia, 1994), and Reading Adoption: Family and Difference in Fiction and Drama (Michigan, 20...
Title:Shakespeare and OutsidersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.03 inPublished:July 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199642354

ISBN - 13:9780199642359


Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Merchant of Venice and its Pressured ConversionsOutsiders and the Festive Community in Twelfth NightWomen as Outsiders and InsidersOthello and Other OutsidersKing Lear: Outsiders in the Family and the KingdomEpilogue: The Tempest, Outsiders, and Border Crossings