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As She Likes it

"As She Likes It" is the first attempt to tackle the enduring question of how to perform those unruly women at the centre of Shakespeare's comedies. Unique among both Shakespearan and feminist studies, "As She Likes It" asks how gender politics affects the production of the comedies, and how gender is represented, both in the text and on the stage. Penny Gay takes a look at the way "Twelfth Night", "The Taming of the Shrew", "Much Ado About Nothing", "As You Like It" and "Measure for Measure" have been staged over the last half a century, when perceptions of gender roles have undergone massive changes. She also interrogates, rigorously but thoughtfully, the relationship between a male theatrical establishment and a burgeoning feminist approach to performance. Useful for practitioners and for students, "As She Likes It" offers critical reading for anyone interested in women's experience of theatre.
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