Shakespeare without Women: Representing Gender and Race on the Renaissance Stage

Synopsis

Shakespeare Without Women is a controversial study of female impersonation and the connections between dramatic and political representation in Shakespeare's plays. In this exhilarating and provocative book, Dympna Callaghan focuses on the implications of absence and exclusion in several of Shakespeare's works: * the exclusion of the female body from Twelfth Night * the impersonation of the female voice in the original performances of the plays * racial impersonation in Othello * echoes of removal of the Gaelic Irish in The Tempest * the absence of women on stage and in public life as shown in A Midsummer Night's Dream.