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The Shakespearean Marriage

Merry Wives and Heavy Husbands


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Lisa Hopkins
    Pages 16-33
  3. Lisa Hopkins
    Pages 34-65
  4. Lisa Hopkins
    Pages 66-84
  5. Lisa Hopkins
    Pages 109-132
  6. Lisa Hopkins
    Pages 133-160
  7. Lisa Hopkins
    Pages 188-191
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 192-219

About this book


Marriage features to a greater or lesser extent in virtually every play Shakespeare wrote - as the festive end of comedy, as the link across the cycles of the history plays, as a marker of the difference between his own society and that depicted in the Roman plays, and, all too often, as the starting-point for the tragedies. Situating his representations of marriage firmly within the ideologies and practices of Renaissance culture, Lisa Hopkins argues that Shakespeare anatomises marriage much as he does kingship, and finds it similarly indispensable to the underpinning of society, however problematic it may be as a guarantor of personal happiness.


Comic culture novel Renaissance society William Shakespeare

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  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversityUK

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Lisa Hopkins

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