Women Making Shakespeare offers succint readings, histories and interviews that demonstrate the power of women's engagement with Shakesoeare from the sixteenth century to the present. In a series of tightly focused case studies, leading international scholars reveal the many forms of women's involvement with Shakespeare, as writers, directors, actors, critics, editors, teachers, film-makers, anthologists, publishers, printers, booksellers, suffragists, war workers, theatre managers, voice coaches and singers, in both Anglophone and non-Anglophone contexts.
The essays celebrate an anstonishing range of women Shakespeareans, some well-known and others less so, including Mary Cowden clarke, Srah Siddons, Anne Radcliffe, Mary Dunbar, Charlotte Stopes, Virgina Woolf, Henrietta Bowdler, Peggy Ashcroft, helena Faucit Martin, Helga Keller, Angelica Kauffman, and the book's dedicatee, Ann Thompson. The book opens a wide window onto the ways women have 'made' Shakepseare, and indicates the kinds of materials yet to be mined for the ways in which that 'making' came about.
'In thirty-three brief chapters, this collection will astonish its reader with how many different ways women – as performers, directors, editors, booksellers – are inseparable from the Shakespeare industry.' Recent Studies in Tudor and Stuart Drama