Novy, Marianne. Transforming Shakespeare: Contemporary Womens Re-Visions in Literature and Performance. Palgrave, 2000.
In this book Novy has put together the thoughts of women and what tactics he uses in his plays. A specific article that stands out to me is one about Cleopatra as a diva and African American women and Shakespearean tactics. It talks about the use of her being different because she was from Egypt. It talks about how he “is shown as an exploiter of the lack which causes desire” (pg 122).
McDonald, Russ. The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: an Introduction with Documents. Palgrave, 2001.
Mcdonald discusses the the historic period of Shakespeare’s life. It talks about the town and country of Shakespeare’s England. What the city and rural areas were like during the time period Shakespeare was writing. The most important part to me in this book is chapter 8 Men and Women: Gender, Family, Society because my project is focusing on the role of women during this time. It talks about how the role of a woman was to marry and have children and in some of Shakespeare’s this is the role women take and other times it is the opposite. With the help of this text I can see what was going on during the time he was writing certain pages and see if it correlates with what was going on during this time in his life.