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Tainted Muse: Prejudice and Presumption in Shakespeare and His Time Robert Brustein

Tainted Muse: Prejudice and Presumption in Shakespeare and His Time

Robert Brustein

Published April 23rd 2009
ISBN : 9780300155457
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This book is a masterful and engaging exploration of both Shakespeares works and his age. Concentrating on six recurring prejudices in Shakespeares plays--such as misogyny, elitism, distrust of effeminacy, and racism--Robert Brustein examines howMoreThis book is a masterful and engaging exploration of both Shakespeares works and his age. Concentrating on six recurring prejudices in Shakespeares plays--such as misogyny, elitism, distrust of effeminacy, and racism--Robert Brustein examines how Shakespeare and his contemporaries treated them. More than simply a thematic study, the book reveals a playwright constantly exploiting and exploring his own personal stances. These prejudices, Brustein finds, are not unchanging- over time they vary in intensity and treatment. Shakespeare is an artist who invariably reflects the predilections of his age and yet almost always manages to transcend them. Brustein considers the whole of Shakespeares plays, from the early histories to the later romances, though he gives special attention to Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and The Tempest. Drawing comparisons to plays by Marlowe, Middleton, and Marston, Brustein investigates how Shakespeares contemporaries were preoccupied with similar themes and how these different artists treated the current prejudices in their own ways. Rather than confining Shakespeare to his age, this book has the wonderful quality of illuminating both what he shared with his time and what is unique about his approach.