Learning, Wit, and Wisdom of Shakespeare's Renaissance Women

A careful study of Shakespeare's plays shows that his Renaissance women break the typical stereotype of the day about the limitations of their abilities to operate in a man's world. Many of the females solve problems that male characters were unable to solve and in this sense serve as subtle mentors. Some criticism has been written in scattered articles, but this is the first volume to collect this information.

Table of Contents

Chapter headings include: The Education of Renaissance Women - Looking Forward to Shakespeare's Women of Wit; Education of Renaissance Women - Negative Changes Under James I; Secondary Wisdom - The Role of Women as Mentors in Shakespeare's Plays; Portia - Re-evaluated Portrait; The Simultaneous Depersonalization and Individualization of Shakespeare's Hermia and Juliet; Writing Women and Reading the Renaissance; Images of Women in Shakespeare's Plays; "when Men Are Rul'd by women" - Shakespeare's First Tetralogy; "Intercepting the Dew-Drop" - Female Readers and Reading in Anna Jameson's Shakespearean Criticism; The Critics Discover Shakespeare's Woman.