Gender and performance in shakespeares problem comedies drama and performance studies hardcover december 22 1997 by david f mccandless author. Composed at a critical moment in english history shakespeares problem plays dramatize a crisis in the sex gender system they register a male dread of emasculation and engulfment a fear of female authority and sexuality. Drama and performance studies gender and performance in shakespeares problem comedies by david f mccandless and david mccandless 1997 hardcover. In these plays males identify desire for a female as dangerous and unmanly females contend and confound traditional femininity david mccandlesss book is a unique and invigorating example of performance criticism that illuminates these difficult sometimes overlooked tragicomedies. Composed at a critical moment in english history shakespeares problem plays alls well that ends well measure for measure and troilus and cressida dramatize a crisis in the sex gender system
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