© 2012

The Afterlife of Ophelia

  • Kaara L. Peterson
  • Deanne Williams
Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Kaara L. Peterson, Deanne Williams
    Pages 1-9
  3. Jeremy Lopez
    Pages 29-41
  4. Neil Taylor
    Pages 43-58
  5. Sujata Iyengar, Christy Desmet
    Pages 59-78
  6. Deanne Williams
    Pages 119-136
  7. Paul Menzer
    Pages 137-151
  8. Lois Potter
    Pages 153-167
  9. Delphine Gervais de Lafond
    Pages 169-191
  10. Kimberly Rhodes
    Pages 213-229
  11. Coppélia Kahn
    Pages 231-243
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 245-262

About this book


This collection of new essays is the first to explore the rich afterlife of one of Shakespeare's most recognizable characters. With contributions from an international group of established and emerging scholars, The Afterlife of Ophelia moves beyond the confines of existing scholarship and forges new lines of inquiry beyond Shakespeare studies.


British and Irish Literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Kaara L. Peterson
    • 1
  • Deanne Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Miami UniversityUSA
  2. 2.York UniversityTorontoCanada

About the editors

KAARA L. PETERSONAssociate Professor of English atMiami University, USA.
DEANNE WILLIAMSAssociate Professor of English atYork University, UK.

Bibliographic information


'This richly varied collection builds on Elaine Showalter's famous 1985 essay, 'Representing Ophelia,' to examine multiple representations of Ophelia in various times and places. The images, both described and captured in illustrations, are fascinating in themselves and the collection as a whole constitutes a revealing contribution to cultural history, demonstrating that Ophelia is indeed a mirror in which successive cultures have seen their own anxieties and values.' Phyllis Rackin, professor of English Emerita, University of Pennsylvania

'This is a simply fabulous collection of essays on 'the blighted girlhood' of Ophelia, whose fate has fascinated readers for centuries. Far from being a static figure, however, this volume shows that Ophelia has changed with the times, and her fate reveals as much about the cultural dynamics of representing femininity as it does about Shakespeare's character in her original rendition.' Dympna C. Callaghan, William Safire Professor of Modern Letters, Syracuse University