As She Likes It: Shakespeare's Unruly Women

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The research for this book was undertaken, during several periods of study leave from Sydney University, at the Shakespeare Centre Library, Stratford-upon-Avon. I am grateful to the librarians of that unique institution, especially Sylvia Morris and Mary White, for their unfailing helpfulness and erudition. The staff of the Performing Arts Library, the Sydney Opera House, were equally helpful at the ‘tidying-up’ stage. Talia Rodgers at Routledge and the series editors, Susan Bassnett and Tracey Davis, provided the enthusiastic support and judicious commentary that every author needs. I also wish to express my thanks to the Academic Board of the University of Sydney for granting me a year’s leave from teaching in order to undertake the research. Colleagues and students in the Department of English and the Centre for Performance Studies, University of Sydney, provided a supportive environment and occasional inspiration in discussion of the book’s general issues, as did my family. A special thanks must go to Meg Gay, reader, editor and caterer extraordinaire.

The extracts from Clamorous Voices by Carol Rutter, reprinted on pages 78-82, 91, 109-14, published 1988 by The Women’s Press Ltd, 34 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DX, are used by permission of The Women’s Press Ltd. I am grateful to Fiona Shaw and Michael Billington for permission to reproduce extracts from unpublished correspondence and interviews. For permission to reproduce photographs, I thank the Shakespeare Centre Library (plates 2, 4, 6, 9, 14, 17); David Ball (for the Angus McBean photos, plates 1, 7, 10, 13, 16); Reg Wilson (frontispiece and plate 5); Morris Newcombe (plate 3); Zoë Dominic (plate 8); Laurence Burns (plate 11); Donald Cooper (plate 12); Clive Barda (plate 15); Gordon Goode (plate 17) and Chris Davies (plate 18).


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