Shakespeare Among the Animals

Nature and Society in the Drama of Early Modern England

  • Authors
  • Bruce Boehrer

Part of the Early Modern Cultural Studies book series (EMCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Bruce Boehrer
    Pages 41-70
  3. Bruce Boehrer
    Pages 71-98
  4. Bruce Boehrer
    Pages 99-132
  5. Bruce Boehrer
    Pages 133-168
  6. Bruce Boehrer
    Pages 169-182
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 183-212

About this book


Shakespeare Among the Animals examines the role of animal-metaphor in the Shakespeare stage, particularly as such metaphor serves to underwrite various forms of social difference. Working through texts such as Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream , Jonson's Volpone , and Middleton's A Chaste Maid in Cheapside , different chapters of the study focus upon the allegedly natural character of femininity, masculinity, and ethnicity, while a fourth chapter considers the nature of the natural world itself as it appears on the Renaissance stage. Addressing each of these topics in turn, Shakespeare Among the Animals explores the notions of cultural order that underlie early modern conceptions of the natural world, and the ideas of nature implicit in early modern social practice.


drama England Renaissance William Shakespeare

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