Coming of Age in Shakespeare

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 248 pages
Marjorie Garber examines the rites of passage and maturation patterns--"coming of age"--in Shakespeare's plays. Citing examples from virtually the entire Shakespeare canon, she pays particular attention to the way his characters grow and change at points of personal crisis. Among the crises Garber discusses are: separation from parent or sibling in preparation for sexual love and the choice of husband or wife; the use of names and nicknames as a sign of individual exploits or status; virginity, sexual initiation and the acceptance of sexual maturity, childbearing and parenthood; and, finally, attitudes toward death and dying.

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SEPARATION AND INDIVIDUATION
30
NOMINATION AND ELECTION
52
DEATH AND DYING
213
Lenvoy
242
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Marjorie Garber is Professor of English and Director for Literary and Cultural Studies at Harvard. She is the author of Vested Interests and co-editor of Media Spectacles and Secret Agents, all published by Routledge.

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