Child in Shakespeare, The
Children Shakespeare, William,
Oxford University Press 2018 First edition.EISBN 9780191867088
This volume examines the child on Shakespeare's stage. As a life force, an impassioned plea for justice, a legacy, history, memory or image of love or violence, children are everywhere in Shakespeare's plays. Focusing on Shakespeare's unique interest in the young body, the life stage, and the parental and social dynamic, this book offers the first sustained account of the role and representation of the child in Shakespeare's dramatic imagination. Drawing on a vast range of contemporary texts, including parenting manuals and household and pedagogic texts, as well as books on nursing and maternity, child birth, and child rearing, 'The Child in Shakespeare' explores the contexts in which the idea of the child is mobilised as a body and image on the early modern stage.