Marcus, “The Shakespearean Editor as Shrew‐Tamer”

Marcus, Leah. “The Shakespearean Editor as Shrew‐Tamer.” English Literary Renaissance 22, no. 2 (1992): 177-200, at 181.

What gets called “Shakespeare” in the case of A Shrew and The Shrew is protean and malleable, shifting over the years along with literary fashions, along with social mores, and especially-this is the part that interests me the most-along with shifting views of male violence and female subordination. “Shakespeare” is a historical construction, grounded in historical data, to be sure, but data so scanty that they can be reconfigured rather easily to support one or another hypothesis about what constitutes a genuine text.

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