Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
Bryn Mawr College
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Johns Hopkins University
Norton, Massachusetts, United States
(As social turmoil increased in England, audiences grew mo...)
As social turmoil increased in England, audiences grew more in tune with Shakespeare's cynical undercutting of the Homeric tale of Greeks and Trojans, and less dismissive of his dark comedic treatment of the Medieval tale of Troilus and Cressida. This edition of his problematic play traces its theatrical history. It draws upon critical responses, photographic archives, promptbooks, and video tapes of more recent productions to reveal changes in production styles and emphasis, against a broader background of social change.
(First published in 1979. How do the elements of swearing ...)
First published in 1979. How do the elements of swearing and perjury work in Shakespeare's plays? What effect did Shakespeare intend when he wrote them? How did they contribute to the delineation of character? These questions are investigated by combining a history of ideas approach with close textual analysis. The book begins by bringing together material from a wide range of contemporary sources in order to create a sense of popular awareness of oaths in Queen Elizabeth's time. Out of this emerges a scale of the relative strength of various oaths, an awareness of the ways in which people regarded perjury, and an appreciation of the attempts to prohibit profanity. Shakespeare's work is then examined against this background.
Shirley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953 and a Master of Arts degree in 1954 from Bryn Mawr College. In 1960, she was given a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the same college.
Shirley began her career as an instructor of English at Johns Hopkins University in 1955 and held it for a year. In 1957, she was appointed a residence counselor at Bryn Mawr College, where she worked until 1959. Then in 1960 Frances became an instructor at Wheaton College. Three years later she took the position of an assistant professor at the same college.
In 1967, Shirley held a position of an associate professor at Wheaton College. Since 1973 she has been a professor at that college. Also she served as a chairman of English department at Wheaton College from 1972 to 1975 and again in 1976-1980. In 1984, Frances became an associate provost at the same college, where she worked until 1988.
(As social turmoil increased in England, audiences grew mo...)2005
(First published in 1979. How do the elements of swearing ...)2014
Shirley is a member of American Association of the University of Professors, American Shakespeare Association, International Shakespeare Association, Society for Theatre Research, American Society for Theatre Research, Renaissance Society and Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society.