“. . . an important volume for scholar and student alike, and a tribute to the enduring contributions of its authors.” —Renaissance Quarterly
“These thought-provoking essays run the gamut of feminist criticism on tragedy.” —Shakespeare Quarterly
“Highly recommended . . . ” —Choice
These essays mount a powerful critique of the tragic hero as representative of the errors and sufferings of humankind. They come from a variety of perspectives—including feminist new historicism, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, and autobiographical criticism. While considering Shakespeare’s earliest attempts at tragedy in Richard III and Titus Andronicus, this volume also covers the major tragic period, giving special attention to Othello.