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Pauline Kiernan



Dr Pauline Kiernan is a distinguished Shakespeare scholar and literary critic as well as an awarded-winning playwright and screenwriter. She has held lectureships and fellowships at the Universities of Oxford and Reading and is the author of the acclaimed Shakespeare's Theory of Drama and of Staging Shakespeare at the New Globe and Screenwriting They Can't Resist. She was appointed Leverhulme Research Fellow at Shakespeare's Globe on Bankside in its first years, and gives talks on Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama in the UK, Europe and US. She's currently working on a major project about Shakespeare, an experimental biography of Keats and her first novel.
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Filthy Shakespeare

Pauline Kiernan
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Pauline Kiernan

The works of William Shakespeare contain at least 400 puns on male and female genitals. Despite the richness and breathtaking scope of his sexual language, too little attention has been paid to the sheer salacious inventiveness of his indecent puns - until now. His plays and poems pulsate with puns on body parts and what they do. Filthy Shakespeare presents over 70 sizzling examples of the Bard at his raciest, arranged under different categories from Balls to Buggery, from Cunnilingus to the Clap, from Homosexual to Transvestite. Each filthy Shakespearean passage is translated into modern English and the hidden sexual meanings of the words explained in a glossary. In her fascinating and lively Introduction, Pauline Kiernan shows how Shakespeare's sexual wordplay had its roots in the social and political reality of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, where the harsh facts of life were often disguised by bawdy, brutal punning, and in the era when the English secret service was born, deciphering secret codes became a national obsession.