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The Child in Shakespeare


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1: 'And all my children?' 2: Never such Innocence: Mourning Children in the History Plays 3: The end of the beginning: Shakespeare's Tragic Children 4: 'Love is proved in the letting go': Marriage, Space, and Gender in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado about Nothing 5: 'Time is chasing us'. Regret, Time, and the Child Eternal in the Late Plays 6: 'Prevent it, resist it, let it not be so, / Lest child, child's children, cry against you woe!'

About the Author

Charlotte Scott has written widely on Shakespeare, including two books entitled Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book (OUP, 2007) and Shakespeare's Nature: from Culture to Cultivation (OUP, 2014) as well as articles and essays. She reviews for Shakespeare Survey and is a frequent contributor to literary festivals and public events. She has taught Shakespeare at Goldsmiths for 12 years.


Scott's style is reader friendly, even poetic. Recommended. * J.S. Carducci, CHOICE *
Charlotte Scott's The Child in Shakespeare brings into focus particularly vulnerable figures within that space. Organized by genre, and surveying Shakespeare's career-long interest in all phases of childhood, from infancy to adolescence, Scott's book opens with a vivid account of royal children in the early history plays, who, she argues, are forced to enter an "adult world" of political intrigue for which they are hopelessly ill-equipped. * Laura Kolb, Times Literary Supplement *
The Child in Shakespeare calls scholar-teachers working with Shakespeare to think deeply about how representations of unique and particular children and childhoods make meaning in Shakespeare's plays and beyond - a call that is of utmost importance in this particular political moment. * Alicia Andrzejewski, College of William & Mary, Renaissance Quarterly *

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