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Shakespeare's heroines : characteristics of women : moral, poetical, and historical

First published in 1832, this is a unique hybrid of Shakespeare criticism, women's rights activism, and conduct literature. Jameson's collection of readings of female characters includes praise for unexpected role models. Her interpretations portray intellect, passion, political ambition, and eroticism as acceptable aspects of women's behaviour.
eBook, English, ©2005
Broadview Press, Peterborough, Ont., ©2005
1 online resource (464 pages) : illustrations
9781551113241, 9781459300996, 1551113244, 1459300998
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AcknowledgementsIntroductionAnna Murphy Jameson: A Brief ChronologyA Note on the TextShakespeare’s HeroinesAppendix A: Jameson’s Writing on Women, Work, and ActingFrom Sisters of Charity, Catholic and Protestant, Abroad and at Home (1855)From The Communion of Labour (1856)“Mrs. Siddons” in Visits and Sketches at Home and Abroad (1834)Appendix B: Jameson’s CorrespondenceBessie Rayner Parkes, 1856-59Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1856Frances Anne Kemble, 1831-32Ottilie von Goethe, 1836Appendix C: Contemporary Reviews of Characteristics of WomenThe Monthly Review (1832)The Literary Gazette (1832)Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (1833)Appendix D: Conduct BooksFrom Sarah Stickney Ellis, The Women of England:Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits (1939)From John Ruskin, “Of Queen’s Gardens” in Sesame and Lilies (1865)Appendix E: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Shakespeare CriticismFrom William Richardson, “On Shakespeare’s Imitation of Female Characters” in Essays on Shakespeare’s Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff and on his Imitation of Female Characters (1789)From William Hazlitt, Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays (1817)From Frances Anne Kemble, “Notes on Macbeth No. II.” in Notes upon Some of Shakespeare’s Plays (1882)Select Bibliography
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