Measure for Measure | Literature Criticism Susan Carlson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 35 pages of analysis & critique of Measure for Measure.
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Susan Carlson

SOURCE: "'Fond Fathers' and Sweet Sisters: Alternative Sexualities in Measure for Measure" in Essays in Literature, Vol. XVI, No. 1, Spring, 1989, pp. 13-31.

In the essay below, Carlson contends that Measure for Measure presents a "fragile and unusual" alternative sexuality in which relationships for both men and women that are not endorsed "by the standard sexual politics" are acknowledged. However, Carlson explains, the effort to create such a sexuality challenges the male order of the play and is terminated in the play 's final scene.

Measure for Measure insists on defining its women in terms of their sexual relations to men. Such definition is clearest in the play's final scene when the Duke concludes Mariana must be "nothing" if she is not maid, widow, or wife (V.i.177-78).1 The definition is corroborated...

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