Imagining Shakespeare's Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway (Paperback)
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Imagining Shakespeare's Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway (Paperback)

Paperback 294 Pages / Published: 28/06/2018
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What has been the appeal of Anne Hathaway, both globally and temporally, over the past four hundred years? Why does she continue to be reinterpreted and reshaped? Imagining Shakespeare's Wife examines representations of Hathaway, from the earliest depictions and details in the eighteenth century, to contemporary portrayals in theatre, biographies and novels. Residing in the nexus between Shakespeare's life and works, Hathaway has been constructed to explain the women in the plays but also composed from the material in the plays. Presenting the very first cultural history of Hathaway, Katherine Scheil offers a richly original study that uncovers how the material circumstances of history affect the later reconstruction of lives.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108404068
Number of pages: 294
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 227 x 153 x 15 mm

'[It is to] Scheil's credit that while she presents and discusses these myriad Annes, she always keeps the reader aware of the true Anne, the one who we cannot know, who is impossible to know, but who deserves to be acknowledged simply because she is human. Highly recommend.' The Fish Shelf (
'For over two centuries, scholars and biographers have sought to pluck out the heart of the mystery of Anne Hathaway and her marriage to William Shakespeare. As Katherine West Scheil brilliantly shows in these pages, Anne Hathaway has variously been depicted as supportive, adulterous, independent, doting, and predatory (portrayals that reveal much about the critical tradition and the obsessions of those who have long maligned her). A fascinating and timely work of cultural history.' James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
'Loyal wife and dutiful housekeeper? Youthful folly and life-long burden? Muse or mischief maker? This comprehensive study fascinatingly charts the fluctuating attempts to flesh out the life records of Shakespeare's wife and the story of their lives both together and apart.' Sir Stanley Wells, CBE, Honorary President, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
'... there is a double pleasure to Scheil's generously open book that is keenly aware of the limitations of academic writing ... It is not only a history of Anne Hathaway and Shakespearean scholarship, but also the change in cultural attitudes and ways of reading since Hathaway's death.' Edward Behrens, Globe Magazine
'Drawing on old biographies, novels and plays, Katherine West Scheil documents how for more than 200 years Anne Hathaway has been used as a keyhole through which to spy on the playwright as husband and lover. Her review of these varying interpretations demonstrate that Anne has been distorted to fit the Shakespeare each writer or era wanted to see.' Alex Colville, The Spectator

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