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Shakespeare's Wife (vuoden 2008 painos)

– tekijä: Germaine Greer (Tekijä)

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Challenges popular beliefs about the estranged nature of Shakespeare's marriage to Ann Hathaway, placing their relationship in a social and historical context that poses alternative theories about her rural upbringing and role in the bard's professional life.
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Teoksen nimi:Shakespeare's Wife
Kirjailijat:Germaine Greer (Tekijä)
Info:Harper (2008), Edition: 1st, 416 pages
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I liked this quite a bit. It's true that Greer does the same thing she accuses other scholars of doing: building up a portrait of someone based on assumptions and speculations rather than facts. Yet I think this is her point: whether you think Ann Hathaway was beloved by her husband or the reverse, literate or not, there is as much reason to believe in a good version of her as a bad version. The book is a little long, and Ann sometimes disappears entirely beneath a swarm of detail about other Stratford women of the time (about whom Greer has more data). And Greer is no great stylist. But she has some provocative ideas, and this book serves as a useful corrective to some of the anti-Ann flights of fancy found in other books about Shakespeare (Greer likes to call their authors "bardolators"). At any rate, Shakespeare's Wife deserved better reviews than I remember it getting. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
While I love the idea of this book, taking a fresh look at Anne Hathaway Shakespeare and imagining something different than the shrew up in Stratford. However, there was, in truth, less postulating about Anne and more, agonizingly more, data compilation of people and situations near, around, or vaguely related to things that may or may not have happened to Anne. While I cannot find any fault or complaint with Ms. Greer's research, it was more like reading someone's very dry thesis work than an even remotely interesting work of non-fiction. I admit being spoiled by Foreman's Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Massie's Catherine the Great. If you are looking for scholarly work on life in Elizabethan rural England, you may find this informative. If you're looking for Anne Shakespeare, you unfortunately won't find her here. ( )
  lissabeth21 | Oct 3, 2017 |
I liked this quite a bit. It's true that Greer does the same thing she accuses other scholars of doing: building up a portrait of someone based on assumptions and speculations rather than facts. Yet I think this is her point: whether you think Ann Hathaway was beloved by her husband or the reverse, literate or not, there is as much reason to believe in a good version of her as a bad version. The book is a little long, and Ann sometimes disappears entirely beneath a swarm of detail about other Stratford women of the time (about whom Greer has more data). And Greer is no great stylist. But she has some provocative ideas, and this book serves as a useful corrective to some of the anti-Ann flights of fancy found in other books about Shakespeare (Greer likes to call their authors "bardolators"). At any rate, Shakespeare's Wife deserved better reviews than I remember it getting. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
Germaine Greer has always made me think about things in a different way. I like her iconoclastic style, and I like her dry, witty humour.

I like Shakespeare too. I love the Sonnets. My favourite plays are all the well-known ones, the ones I’ve seen performed: Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, The Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Henry IV Part 2, and The Taming of the Shrew (I’ve only seen that one on screen). But I’ve never been much interested in all the speculation about authorship and whatnot, so I wasn’t too sure that I would enjoy Greer’s analysis of the representation of Ann Hathaway in Shakespeare’s Wife.

I needn’t have worried. Greer systematically unpacks what purports to be scholarly argument in favour of Ann-as-Shrew and tears the claims to shreds. Not a shred of evidence for that, she says, demolishing some hapless scholar’s magnum opus. Nonsense, no way in the world that could have happened at that time and in that society, she says. Foolhardy in his certainty, she announces. Greer doesn’t shilly-shally – she is refreshingly decisive and provocative. She even suggests that Shakespeare would have had it out with one Anthony Burgess, if he’d known how Burgess (writing in 1970) stigmatised Ann as promiscuous and Shakespeare as being bullied into the marriage with bitter resignation:

We may wonder how flattering Shakespeare would have found Burgess’s estimate of his character. If any of this had been said in his hearing, he would have been obliged to challenge Burgess in defence of his own honour, to say nothing of his wife’s. (p. 86)

I can imagine students of Shakespeare, tasked with a 2000 word essay about The Bard, struggling to suppress their laughter as they hunch over the book in the Baillieu…

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2014/06/18/shakespeares-wife-by-germaine-greer/ ( )
  anzlitlovers | Aug 15, 2016 |
This is scholarly nonfiction that is not to my taste.
I respect Greer’s effort to vivify Ann Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare.
I think she went overboard a bit.
Shakespeare’s Wife is longish, considering that lots of the details of Ann’s life aren’t well documented or remain obscure.
For my taste, too much of this work is carefully contingent or unselfconsciously speculative. The specification of what we don’t really know is perhaps more interesting to a scholar embracing esoterica than it is to a lay reader like me.
Moreover, Greer’s text is chock-a-block with statements and implications that Shakespeare wrote about his wife and his private life in his plays and sonnets. Maybe he did. Maybe he didn’t.
Finally, much of this tirelessly researched and documented book isn’t really about Ann Hathaway. There is a conspicuous offering of detail about people she knew and didn’t know, in Stratford and elsewhere, and about circumstances of life, commerce and the arts in the 16th century in the middle of England.
So, here’s what I learned: Shakespeare may or may not have loved his wife; ditto for Ann’s relationship with Bill; I don’t need to read this book again. ( )
  rsubber | Feb 12, 2016 |
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