Honour Killing in Shakespeare

Loraine Fletcher


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Greenwich Exchange Ltd
1 June 2019
ISBN: 9781910996263
350 pages

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Shakespeare’s men are ready to murder their wives for imagined betrayals, use women as pawns in their political games, deny their daughters a choice in marriage or just treat all women as marginal. Far from endorsing these attitudes, Shakespeare chose plots that display his women’s independent judgement and courage under pressure: more than 400 years ago he identified and condemned a culture of misogyny. Along the way Loraine Fletcher explains for the first time what that exit pursued by a bear is about, links his goriest play, Titus Andronicus, with his most magical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,and argues that The Merchant of Venice is more about Protestant versus Catholic than Christian versus Jewish bigotry. Honour Killing is Shakespeare criticism for our time, full of surprises but grounded in close readings and the grim context of his contemporary London.