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Looking for Sex in Shakespeare


  • 14 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 122 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.31 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 822.3/3
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PR3069.S45 W45 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Shakespeare, William,--1564-1616--Criticism and interpretation
    • Sex in literature
    • Sonnets, English--History and criticism
    • Homosexuality and literature--England
    • Sexual orientation in literature

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521832847 | ISBN-10: 0521832845)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published May 2004

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$72.00 (P)

One of the best-known and most versatile of Shakespearian scholars considers the extent to which sexual meaning in Shakespeare's writing relies on interpretation by actors, directors and critics. Tracing interpretations of Shakespearian "bawdy" and "innuendo" from the eighteenth-century to the present, Stanley Wells pays special attention to interpretations of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Sonnets and homosexual relationships in the plays.


Foreword Patrick Spottiswoode; Preface; Introduction; 1. Lewd Interpreters; 2. The originality of Shakespeare's Sonnets; 3. 'I Think he Loves the World only for him': Men loving Men in Shakespeare's plays.


"Looking for Sex in Shakespeare is a richly informative and learned book that endeavors to take a fresh look at a topic that's been on everyone's mind for at least the last century: the role and importance of sex in Shakespeare's plays and poems." Gay and Lesbian Review

"...a vital resource..." Theatre Journal


Patrick Spottiswoode

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