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Volume 68, Issue 3

Essay Abstracts

All’s Well That Ends Well and the Art of Love

By: James Kuzner

In All’s Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare imagines a common enough situation—someone you love, if ambivalently, will never love you—and in doing so suggests how unrequited love might become an art, a practice of sustaining relationship with those who prefer no relationship whatsoever and who might not merit our investment...

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Titus Andronicus and the Interpretive Violence of the Reformation

By: Stephanie M. Bahr

This essay contends that Reformation Biblical hermeneutics offer a vital way to understand the relationship between three of Titus Andronicus’s most infamous features: its insistent use of classical texts; its figurative-literal play; and its grotesque violence. In Titus, classical texts offer an oblique way to stage dangerous questions of Biblical interpretation and to...

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Henry Norman Hudson and the Origins of American Shakespeare Studies

By: Mark Bayer

In this essay, I examine Henry Norman Hudson, an understudied yet pivotal figure in the emergence of Shakespeare studies as a discrete and institutionalized academic discipline in the United States. Professionalizing Shakespeare studies in the late nineteenth century, I argue, entailed considerable conflict and negotiation between two methodological approaches—aesthetic humanism...

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Note: Aaron’s Name

By: Benjamin Griffin

The name of Aaron the Moor in Titus Andronicus has been referred to no historical source and has been usually interpreted as having relation to the biblical Aaron. But Aaron was the name of one of the best known “Moors” of the world: Harun al-Rashid, called “Aaron” in English-language sources.

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Book Reviews

Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics

Edited by: Patrick Gray and John D. Cox

Reviewed by: Michael Bristol

Love and Human Freedom

Written by: Paul A. Kottman

Reviewed by: Ewan Fernie

Shakespeare for Freedom: Why the Plays Matter

Written by: Ewan Fernie

Reviewed by: Paul A. Kottman

Friendship and Queer Theory in the Renaissance: Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern England by John S. Garrison;
Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism by Madhavi Menon;
Queer Philologies: Sex, Language, and Affect in Shakespeare's Time by Jeffrey Masten

Reviewed by: Nicholas F. Radel

The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch, and the Spectacle of Dismemberment

Written by: Farah Karim-Cooper

Reviewed by: P. A. Skantze

Disknowledge: Literature, Alchemy, and the End of Humanism in Renaissance England

Written by: Katherine Eggert

Reviewed by: Jay Zysk