Much Ado About Nothing | Critical Essay by Roy Battenhouse

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of Much Ado About Nothing.
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Critical Essay by Roy Battenhouse

SOURCE: “Toward Understanding Patriarchy in Much Ado,Shakespeare Yearbook, Vol. 2, Spring, 1991, pp. 193-200.

In the following essay, Battenhouse criticizes Claire McEachern’s interpretation of patriarchal issues in Much Ado about Nothing, particularly for its lack of consideration of the play’s Christian aspects.

My aim in this brief essay is to sketch an alternative to Claire McEachern's recent depiction of Shakespeare in “Fathering Herself” (SQ 39:269-90) as a critic of patriarchy. His portrayal of fathers, she writes, “refuses to authorize patriarchal power” (288). She offers her analysis as a contrast to that of Kathleen McLuskie, another feminist who dislikes patriarchy. In McLuskie's view Shakespeare was enbondaged to the patriarchal assumptions of his culture; an essay of hers has dubbed him “The Patriarchal Bard”...

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