Shakespeare's Sonnets: Critical Essays

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James Schiffer
Psychology Press, 2000 - 474 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

A Survey
3
The Sexing of Shakespeares
75
The Scandal of Shakespeares Sonnets 1994
89
The Politics
113
The Silent Speech of Shakespeares Sonnets 1998
135
Shakespeares Petrarchism
163
Shakespeares Sonnets and the Economy
185
Storing Loss in the Sonnets
199
Texts and Contexts
285
Shakespeares Sonnets
305
The Reproduction of Coercion and Blot
325
Shakespeares Sonnets and Early
347
Shakespeares Dark Lady as
369
Reconsidering The Portrait of Mr W
391
On the Sexual Politics
411
Sodomy Reproduction and Signification
431

Politics Heresy and Martyrdom in Shakespeares Sonnet 124
219
Christian Figurality and Shakespeares
241
Whats the Use? Or The Problematic of Economy
263
Shakespeares Sonnets and
455
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James Schiffer is currently Professor and Head of the English Department at Northern Michigan University.

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