Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 07 August 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This Introduction offers a map of the current state of feminism in Shakespeare studies by inquiring into its key terms, concepts, and critical values. After describing four theoretical propositions that orient much feminist scholarship and providing a brief genealogy of feminist Shakespeare criticism, I explore the tensions in the field between gender and sexuality studies and gender and studies of race and ethnicity, paying particular attention to intersectionality. Arguing that contradictions and conflicts within feminism are a sign of health, not decline, I advocate continuing the strategic border crossing that has long energized feminist thought. I conclude by suggesting that the term ‘embodiment’ provides a heuristic sufficiently capacious to articulate the complex, intersecting, and historical relations of power, identity, agency, and struggle that remain among feminism’s core critical investments.

Keywords: agency, contradiction, embodiment, feminism, intersectionality, method, queer studies, race, sexuality, theory

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.