A Brief Guide to William Shakespeare

This can be a vital consultant for brand new scholars coming to the Bard for the 1st time in addition to a priceless source for a devoted fan. it truly is a terrific creation to the lifestyles and instances of Shakespeare, uncovering the few fragments of his existence and putting him in the Elizabethan global.

The e-book additionally appears at each one of his performs and sonnets, giving complete reasons and outlines, placing them in context, and revealing the various nice fees and key scenes.

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Mrs. ” Walker identifies traditional “masculine” forms of knowledge such as research and philosophy as particularly risky for the female sex. Certainly the Victorian emphasis on beauty education went hand in hand with an equal and concurrent emphasis on the dangers of women’s intellectual education, especially the ever-present risk of hysteria and amenorrhea that many physicians argued that female students faced. The medical psychologist Henry Maudsley, for instance, in his famous  Fortnightly  Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body Review essay “Sex in Mind and in Education,” warns that the energy a girl expends on her education drains essential energy from the needs of her developing reproductive system, imperiling her future childbearing and child rearing capacities.

This defect may, however, be readily got over . . ” The ambivalent author of Art of Dress first calls the fear of “a thick waist” a “noxious opinion,” but then concurs that the large waist is a “defect” and offers suggestions to make it appear smaller. By , the rhetoric against tight lacing had grown much stronger, with authors frequently comparing tight lacing to foot-binding and other forms of female mutilation. ” The writer, who equates tight lacing with self-immolation and pagan sacrificial rites, implies that the practice of tight lacing is not only dangerous but immoral, perhaps because tight lacing drew attention to a woman’s erotic beauty.

In the s, the popular Gothic style dress was characterized by a long waist and boned bodice, which both created and accentuated an hourglass figure. Writing about the s, costume historian C. ” Although the waist remained the focal point during the next decade, increasingly wide skirts after the invention of the wire (cage) crinoline in  (illustration ) made the waist look proportionately smaller, so that the practice of tight lacing probably decreased until the s, when it again revived in popularity as a result of shrinking crinolines.

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