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Introduction

  • Kavita Mudan Finn
  • Valerie Schutte
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Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Abstract

The plays of William Shakespeare are arguably some of the most written about, criticized, and reproduced pieces of literature ever written. To contribute to this ongoing and ever-expanding body of scholarship, the contributions in this book offer research focused on queens and queenship in the plays of William Shakespeare. Queenship as an area of study has exploded over the last thirty years, but it is only within the last ten years that scholarship has shifted from explorations of potential queenly power to investigations that challenge traditional concepts of royal male authority. What follows is an examination of queens and queenship in Shakespeare ranging from general studies to new interpretations of the queen’s two bodies to paradigm-shifting investigations of rhetoric and theatricality.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kavita Mudan Finn
    • 1
  • Valerie Schutte
    • 2
  1. 1.Independent ScholarManchesterUSA
  2. 2.Independent ScholarBeaver FallsUSA

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