The Taming of the Shrew | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Stephen Bretzius

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of The Taming of the Shrew.
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Critical Essay by Stephen Bretzius

SOURCE: “Feminism and Theater in The Taming of the Shrew,” in Shakespeare in Theory: The Postmodern Academy and the Early Modern Theater, The University of Michigan Press, 1997, pp. 51-62.

In the excerpt below, Bretzius surveys the reactions of postwar feminist critics to The Taming of the Shrew.

Whether Kate's final lord-of-creation moral in The Taming of the Shrew is tongue-in-cheek (the so-called revisionist school) or foot-in-mouth (the corresponding antirevisionist school) depends in part on the half-framed, and even half-tamed, nature of her story. For the play that Christopher Sly watches from the vantage of his unfinished Induction, The Taming of the Shrew, already represents a version, a gigantic “suppose,” of the parallel play he acts both out and in, from Petruchio's triumphant “Come, Kate, we&#x...

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