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Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare's Plays

by Tina Packer

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An inside and outside view of the wordsmith of all time. The author, a teacher, actor, and director of most of Will Shakespeare's plays, presents the concept that a pivotal change occurred in how young Will Shakespeare created and fleshed out the female characters of his plays around the time he was writing the sonnets and the shortly after, Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare's creative arc from that point on is intricately explored and it makes fascinating reading. You really only need to be just slightly familiar with Will S's works to stay interested because every play that Tina Packer uses as a sample is summarized in every day language before she presents the correlating things happening in the playwright's life at that time. Along with sharing some of her own personal moments and thoughts as founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Co., you're given a good bit of insight into what helps form Shakespeare, as a man, and as one of the world's longest-lasting and very likely the most-quoted writers of all time. Good stuff, plus the reader gets to find out--who was Will S's dark lady?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307700399, Hardcover)

From one of the country's foremost experts on Shakespeare and theatre arts, a fierce, funny exploration--part master class, part brilliant analysis--of the women of Shakespeare's plays that illuminates for us his changing understanding of the feminine and reveals some of his deepest insights.

Beginning with Shakespeare's early work, including the early comedies (The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Love's Labour's Lost) and early histories (Henry VI: Parts 1, 2, 3 and Richard III), Tina Packer writes of his journey becoming a playwright and actor, and the role of the theatre in Elizabethan England. She explores Romeo and Juliet as a foundation for Shakespeare's deeper understanding of the relationship between men and women as well as the continuation of the sexual/spiritual story of A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing andTroilus and Cressida, and which has its supreme manifestation in Antony and Cleopatra. She wrestles with Shakespeare's middle period: with Isabella in Measure for Measure, with Twelfth Night, Hamlet, As You Like It, and Othello, giving us a clear picture of the constraints put upon the women of these plays as they articulate the truth about what they see and feel . . . She asks--and answers--what happens when women want the same power as men, and examines Macbeth, Coriolanus, and King Lear.

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