Shakespeare's Sonnets: Critical Essays

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James Schiffer
Routledge, Apr 15, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 496 pages

Shakespeare's Sonnets: Critical Essays is the essential Sonnets anthology for our time. This important collection focuses exclusively on contemporary criticism of the Sonnets, reprinting three highly influential essays from the past decade and including sixteen original analyses by leading scholars in the field. The contributors' diverse approaches range from the new historicism to the new bibliography, from formalism to feminism, from reception theory to cultural materialism, and from biographical criticism to queer theory. In addition, James Schiffer's introduction offers a comprehensive survey of 400 years of criticism of these fascinating, enigmatic poems.

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Contents

Illustrations
A Survey of Criticism
The Sexing of Shakespeares Sonnets
The Scandal of Shakespeares Sonnets 1994
ThePoliticsof Plotting
The Silent Speech of Shakespeares Sonnets 1998
NewEssays on Shakespeares Sonnets
Shakespeares Sonnets and the Economy of Shame
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James Schiffer is currently Professor and Head of the English Department at Northern Michigan University.

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