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The Tamer Tamed; or, The Woman's Prize

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This is the first edition for students and general readers of this pro-woman reply to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew by a playwright (John Fletcher) who was more admired than Shakespeare in the seventeenth century. A unique and essential companion to the numerous textbook editions of Shakespeare's play, The Tamer Tamed provides exciting new material for current deba ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Manchester University Press (first published 1647)
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The sequel and antithesis to "The Taming of the Shrew," written in 1611 by John Fletcher, who would go on to collaborate with Shakespeare on three plays. What could be better than a contemporaneous play that rights the wrongs of "Shrew," to me Shakespeare's most distasteful work (and, yes, I know the savage "Titus Andronicus," the miserific "Timon of Athens," and the problem plays with their bed-tricks), one which I've read and seen as many times as any other piece of theatre, trying with all my ...more
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Mar 11, 2014 Mike Jensen rated it liked it
I need to read this again, but my first impression of John Fletcher's sequel to THE TAMING OF THE SHREW was that there is too much repetition and not enough variety to be a truly satisfying play. I found myself wanting to cross out half-columns of dialog when a point had already been made. Now I am less sure, for I have become a more sensitive reader of such material. Still, as I told my students when I lectured on THE WOMAN'S PRIZE, we don't have to make excuses for what people take to be the ...more
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Mar 27, 2013 Jason Luna rated it it was amazing
A very funny, witty take on "Taming of the Shrew". A lot of interesting characters with dynamics that challenge the norms that Shakespeare proposed. Also, very funny and a great idea for staging (I'm currently in a production, so I am an authority on the subject.
A good play that is certainly more of a proto-feminist text than Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, and be fascinating to see a production of it following Shakespeare's as this is a sequel to that play.
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If you've read Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and weren't sure if you liked the outcome, The Tamer Tamed is the perfect reconciliation. It's witty, suggestive, and a rip-roaring time written in beautiful, Jacobean language. Try it out; you won't regret it!
Feb 18, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
A follow-up to Shakespeare's controversial play, The Taming of the Shrew, this is a play stands well in conjunction with Shakespeare's and on it's own. Petruchio is indeed a changed and different man. And Maria is the star of the play.
Sep 21, 2014 Shelby rated it it was amazing
I'm taking an Early Feminisms class with Dr. Daileader, one of the editors of this edition. She's great, the play is great, read the book.
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John Fletcher (1579–1625) was a Jacobean playwright. Following William Shakespeare as house playwright for the King's Men, he was among the most prolific and influential dramatists of his day; both during his lifetime and in the early Restoration, his fame rivalled Shakespeare's.

In 1606, he began to appear as an author for the Children of the Queen's Revels, then performing at the Blackfriars The
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