Author(s): Stanley W. Wells
How does Shakespeare's treatment of human sexuality relate to the sexual conventions and language of his times? Looking at both plays and poetry, this lively and informative book explores Shakespeare's portrayal of desire, jealousy, and same-gender relationships, as well as how sex becomes a source of humour in his comedies.
PREFACE; INTRODUCTION; PART ONE: LIFE AND TIMES; 1. Sexuality in Shakespeare's Time; 2. Sex and Poetry in Shakespeare's Time; 3. Shakespeare and Sex; PART TWO: PLAYS AND POEMS; 4. The Fun of Sex; 5. Sexual Desire; 6. Sex and Love in Romeo and Juliet; 7. Sexual Jealousy; 8. Sex and Experience; 9. Whores and Saints; 10. Just Good Friends?; CONCLUSION; FURTHER READING