The Tainted Muse: Prejudice and Presumption in Shakespeare and His Time

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This book is a masterful and engaging exploration of both Shakespeare's works and his age. Concentrating on six recurring prejudices in Shakespeare's plays--such as misogyny, elitism, distrust of effeminacy, and racism--Robert Brustein examines how Shakespeare and his contemporaries treated them. More than simply a thematic study, the book reveals a playwright constantly exploiting and exploring his own personal stances. These prejudices, Brustein finds, are not unchanging; over time they vary in intensity and treatment. ...

The Tainted Muse: Prejudice and Presumption in Shakespeare and His Time 2009, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300115765

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