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Masculinity and Marian efficacy in Shakespeare's England / Ruben Espinosa.

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    9781409401162 (hbk.), 1409401162 (hbk.)

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    xii, 194 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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Formatted contents note: Contents: "England, Mary's dowry": Joan La Pucelle and the impotent fellowships and imagined communities of 1 Henry VI -- Marian intercession and intercessory promiscuity in The merchant of Venice and Measure for measure -- Virgins, mothers, and the virgin mother in Hamlet, Othello and King Lear -- Marian miracles and the theatrical wonder of Antony and Cleopatra, Pericles and The winter's tale. Uk-SuSCL. Summary, etc: This volume offers a different approach to evaluating the psychological 'loss' of the Virgin Mary in post-Reformation England by illustrating how, in the wake of Mary's demotion, re-inscriptions of her roles and meanings only proliferated, seizing hold of national imagination and resulting in new configurations of masculinity. Target audience: Specialized.