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Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden: The Construction of Family Values in Early Modern Culture

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Publisher Comments:

Catherine Belsey treats Shakespeare’s plays as the location of cultural history rather than as isolated works of art, and analyzes visual and written material side by side, to explore the emergence of family values.

            Showing that the loving family was an object of propaganda then as now, Belsey points to unexpected affinities between the world of early modern England and the present day. She demonstrates that political and moral claims that the family makes us whole—as well as fears that it can be abusive—are not new, but also dominate the early modern construction of the family.

Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden expertly traces representations of the family in three related fields: Shakespeare’s plays, the Reformation story and Adam and Eve as founders of the first nuclear family, and the visual imagery that decorates the cultural artifacts of the period, including furniture, tapestries, and tomb sculpture.

            Detailed readings of the plays reveal a wealth of information on the domestication of desire in marriage, parental love and cruelty, and sibling rivalry. Richly illustrated and written with perception and wit, the book is a major work of both literary criticism and cultural history.

 

Synopsis:

Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden expertly traces representations of the family in three related fields: Shakespeare’s plays, the Reformation story and Adam and Eve as founders of the first nuclear family, and the visual imagery that decorates the cultural artifacts of the period, including furniture, tapestries, and tomb sculpture.

            Detailed readings of the plays reveal a wealth of information on the domestication of desire in marriage, parental love and cruelty, and sibling rivalry. Richly illustrated and written with perception and wit, the book is a major work of both literary criticism and cultural history.

Table of Contents

Introduction: reading cultural history — Desire in the Golden World: Love's labour's lost and As you like it — Marriage: Imogen's bedchamber — Parenthood: Hermione's statue — Sibling rivalry: Hamlet and the first murder — Postscript: passion and interpretation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813527635
Subtitle:
The Construction of Family Values in Early Modern Culture
Author:
Belsey, Catherine
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Location:
New Brunswick, NJ :
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Religious life
Subject:
Family in literature
Subject:
Fall of man in literature
Subject:
Family in art
Subject:
Domestic drama, English
Subject:
Social values in literature.
Subject:
Loss
Subject:
Loss (Psychology) in literature.
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20000201
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 0.88 lb

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Shakespeare » Plays
Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Shakespeare » Works
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden: The Construction of Family Values in Early Modern Culture
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Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden expertly traces representations of the family in three related fields: Shakespeare’s plays, the Reformation story and Adam and Eve as founders of the first nuclear family, and the visual imagery that decorates the cultural artifacts of the period, including furniture, tapestries, and tomb sculpture.

            Detailed readings of the plays reveal a wealth of information on the domestication of desire in marriage, parental love and cruelty, and sibling rivalry. Richly illustrated and written with perception and wit, the book is a major work of both literary criticism and cultural history.

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