The question is not whether Shakespeare studies needs feminism, but whether feminism needs Shakespeare. This is the explicitly political approach taken in the dynamic and newly updated edition of A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare.
Provides the definitive feminist statement on Shakespeare for the 21st century
Updates address some of the newest theatrical andcreative engagements with Shakespeare, offering fresh insights into Shakespeare s plays and poems, and gender dynamics in early modern England
Contributors come from across the feminist generations and from various stages in their careers to address what is new in the field in terms of historical and textual discovery
Explores issues vital to feminist inquiry, including race, sexuality, the body, queer politics, social economies, religion, and capitalism
In addition to highlighting changes, it draws attention to the strong continuities of scholarship in this field over the course of the history of feminist criticism of Shakespeare
The previous edition was a recipient of a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award; this second edition maintains its coverage and range, and bringsthe scholarship right up to the present day