Shakespeare s Feminine Endings

1 Disfigured endings 1 Jacques Derrida, Margins of Philosophy, trans, Alan Bass (Brighton: Harvester Press, 1986i, ... Wright further notes that there are four related style changes in Shakespeare's later plays: feminine endings appear ...

Shakespeare s Feminine Endings

Shakespeare s Feminine Endings

Philippa Berry draws on feminist theory, postmodern thought and queer theory, to challenge existing critical notions of what is fundamental to Shakespearean tragedy. She shows how, through a network of images clustered around feminine or feminized characters, these plays 'disfigure' conventional ideas of death as a bodily end, as their figures of women are interwoven with provocative meditations upon matter, time, the soul, and the body. The scope of these tragic speculations was radical in Shakespeare's day; yet they also have a surprising relevance to contemporary debates about time and matter in science and philosophy.

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