REVIEW
Kahn, Coppélia. "Coming of Age in Verona."
Modern Language Studies 8 (1977-78): 5-22. Rptd. in The Woman's Part: Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare. Ed. Carolyn Ruth Swift Lenz, Gayle Greene, and Carol Thomas Neely. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1983. 171-193.

Thesis: "I shall argue that the feud in a realistic social sense is the primary tragic force in the play -- not the feud as agent of fate, but the feud as an extreme and peculiar expression of patriarchal society, which Shakespeare shows to be tragically self-destructive" (171).

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Bottom Line: Too long, but worthwhile.


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