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Shakespeare's Cross-Cultural Encounters

Authors: De Sousa, Geraldo U.

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In this highly entertaining study, De Sousa argues that Shakespeare reinterprets, refashions and reinscribes his alien characters - Jews, Moors, Amazons and gypsies. In this way, the dramatist questions the narrowness of a European perspective which caricatures other societies and views them with suspicion. De Sousa examines how Shakespeare defines other cultures in terms of the interplay of gender, text and habitat. Written in a provocative style, this readable book provides a wealth of fascinating information both on contemporary stage productions and on race and gender relations in early modern Europe.

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GERALDO U. DE SOUSA is Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has taught Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and British Studies since 1989. He was educated in Brazil and the United States receiving his PhD from the University of Kansas. He has published extensively on Renaissance drama and culture.

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'vast cross-cultural scope...de Sousa's erudition is notable in every page of this fascinating work...A photographic treat with fourteen plates of rare engravings...Shakespeare's Cross-Cultural Encounters is the type of book that unsettles decades of interpretation of the canon which are infatuated with timeless and universal themes ...an invaluable source of aesthetic and ideological stimulation.' - Margarida Gandara Rauen, Shakespeare Quarterly

'many thought-provoking interpretative suggestions...in the process of comparing Shakespeare's with other constructions of alien culture, de Sousa introduces a spacious new world of early modern anthropological and ethnographic texts, often translated here for the first time, that will make all future discussions of this topic richer. - Meredith Ann Skura, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Sousa, Geraldo U.

  • ‘The Uttermost Parts of Their Maps’: Frontiers of Gender

    Pages 10-39

    Sousa, Geraldo U.

  • Joan of Arc, Margaret of Anjou, and the Instability of Gender

    Pages 40-67

    Sousa, Geraldo U.

  • Textual Encodings in The Merchant of Venice

    Pages 68-96

    Sousa, Geraldo U.

  • Textual Intersections: Titus Andronicus and Othello

    Pages 97-128

    Sousa, Geraldo U.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shakespeare's Cross-Cultural Encounters
Authors
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted. Dual edition
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-28665-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230286658
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-21721-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-74016-3
Softcover ISBN
978-0-333-94947-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 236
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