Suffocating Mothers: Fantasies of Maternal Origin in Shakespeare's Plays, Hamlet to the Tempest

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Routledge, Aug 21, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 392 pages
An original reading of Shakespeare's plays illuminating his negotiations with mothers, present and absent, and tracing the genesis of Shakespearean tragedy and romance to a psychologized version of the Fall.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Hamlet and the Confrontation with the Maternal Body
11
Union and Its Discontents in Troilus and Cressida and Othello
38
On Marriage as the End of Comedy in Alls Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure
76
5 Suffocating Mothers in King Lear
103
The Construction of Masculinity in Macbeth and Coriolanus
130
Imagining Male Bounty in Timon of Athens and Antony and Cleopatra
165
The Return to Origins in the Romances
193
Notes
239
Author Index
364
Index to Shakespeares works
370
Subject Index
377
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