The title of this collection, Profiling Shakespeare, is meant strongly in its double sense. These essays show the outline of a Shakespeare rather different from the man sought by biographers from his time to our own. They also show the effects, the ephemera, the clues and cues, welcome and unwelcome, out of which Shakespeare's admirers and dedicated scholars have pieced together a vision of the playwright, whether as sage, psychologist, lover, theatrical entrepreneur, or moral authority. This collection brings together classic pieces, hard-to-find chapters, and two new essays. Here, Garber has produced a book at once serious and highly readable, ranging broadly across time periods (early modern to postmodern) and touching upon both high and popular culture.

Contents: Preface  1. Shakespeare's Ghost Writers  2. Hamlet: Giving Up the Ghost  3. Macbeth: The Male Medusa  4. Shakespeare as Fetish  5. Character Assassination  6. Out of Joint  7. Roman Numerals  8. Second-Best Bed  9. Shakespeare's Dogs  10. Shakespeare's Laundry List  11. Shakespeare's Faces  12. MacGuffin Shakespeare  13. Fatal Cleopatra  14. What Did Shakespeare Invent?  15. Bartlett's Familiar Shakespeare

chapter |3 pages

Shakespeare’s Profile

chapter 1|25 pages

Shakespeare’s Ghost Writers

chapter 2|47 pages

Hamlet: Giving Up the Ghost

chapter 3|34 pages

Macbeth: The Male Medusa

chapter 4|9 pages

Shakespeare as Fetish

chapter 6|21 pages

Out of Joint

chapter 7|16 pages

Roman Numerals

chapter 8|15 pages

Second-Best Bed

chapter 9|13 pages

Shakespeare’s Dogs

chapter 10|19 pages

Shakespeare’s Laundry List

chapter 11|14 pages

Shakespeare’s Faces

chapter 12|25 pages

McGuffin Shakespeare

chapter 13|18 pages

Fatal Cleopatra

chapter 14|7 pages

What Did Shakespeare Invent?

chapter 15|24 pages

Bartlett’s Familiar Shakespeare