Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden

The Construction of Family Values in Early Modern Culture

  • Authors
  • Catherine Belsey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Catherine Belsey
    Pages 1-25
  3. Catherine Belsey
    Pages 55-83
  4. Catherine Belsey
    Pages 85-127
  5. Catherine Belsey
    Pages 175-177
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 179-203

About this book


In a harsh, uncaring world the family is valued as a source of warmth and stability. At the same time, we are increasingly compelled to recognize that families can be oppressive both physically and emotionally. Now for the first time in paperback, Catherine Belsey's richly illustrated account of Shakespeare's plays, in conjunction with early modern images of Adam and Eve, locates the construction of family values in cultural history and politics. She shows the pleasures and anxieties generated in the period by the domestication of desire, parental love and cruelty and the relations between siblings - and discusses how Shakespeare's plays explore these themes.


construction cultural history culture Hamlet history history of literature interpret knowledge love play politics statue time William Shakespeare

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