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Filthy Shakespeare

Filthy Shakespeare

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.

Genre: Literature & Literary Studies

On Sale: 23rd April 2014

Price: £3.99

ISBN-13: 9781848668973

Reviews

'Kiernan is a pukka scholar. Her method might be called sexegesis. It's as if a lady professor were to arrive on the lecture platform in a shocking pink bikini' Bevis Hillier, The Spectator.
The Spectator
'A remarkable and fascinating book' The Stage.
The Stage
'An erudite interpreter with the great advantage of being a dramatist ... will change the way the world see Shakespeare' Joseph Strick, Film Producer/Director.
Joseph Strick
'Should have readers moaning in delight ... an analysis of the Bard's sexual language in the best scholarly tradition, but it's also a great beach read ... Entertaining and outlandish, an important addition to Shakespeareana. You won't look at Shakespeare the same way again' Life and Times of Utica, New York.
Life and Times of Ultica, New York
'Glorious. A new perspective on Shakespeare's matchless wordplay. You have changed the way people think about Shakespeare. A miniature masterpiece' Stephen Bayley, (an Observer Book of the Year).
Observer