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Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden

The Construction of Family Values in Early Modern Culture

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Red Globe Press

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18 June 1999

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In a harsh, uncaring world the family is valued as a source of warmth and stability. At the same time, we are increasingly compelled to recognize that families can be oppressive both physically and emotionally. Now for the...

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In a harsh, uncaring world the family is valued as a source of warmth and stability. At the same time, we are increasingly compelled to recognize that families can be oppressive both physically and emotionally. Now for the first time in paperback, Catherine Belsey's richly illustrated account of Shakespeare's plays, in conjunction with early modern images of Adam and Eve, locates the construction of family values in cultural history and politics. She shows the pleasures and anxieties generated in the period by the domestication of desire, parental love and cruelty and the relations between siblings - and discusses how Shakespeare's plays explore these themes.

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A major new study of Shakespeare by a leading critic
Attractively produced with 0 illustrations
First time in paperback edition for wellreceived trade hardback

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction: Reading Cultural History
Desire in the Golden World: Love's Labour's Lost and As you Like It
Marriage: Imogen's Bedchamber
Parenthood: Hermione's Statue
Sibling Rivalry: Hamlet and the First Murder
Postscript: Passion and Interpretation
Notes
Index.

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CATHERINE BELSEY is a distinguished literary critic and Shakespearean scholar. She is Chair of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

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CATHERINE BELSEY is a distinguished literary critic and Shakespearean scholar. She is Chair of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

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