Shakespeare’s plays have a long and varied performance history. The relevance of his plays in literary studies cannot be understated, but only recently have scholars been looking into the presence and significance of animals within the canon. Readers will quickly find—without having to do extensive research—that the plays are teeming with animals! In this Handbook, Karen Raber and Holly Dugan delve deep into Shakespeare’s World to illuminate and understand the use of animals in his span of work. This volume supplies a valuable resource, offering a broad and thorough grounding in the many ways animal references and the appearance of actual animals in the plays can be interpreted. It provides a thorough overview; demonstrates rigorous, original research; and charts new frontiers in the field through a broad variety of contributions from an international group of well-known and respected scholars.

chapter |10 pages


ByKaren Raber, Holly Dugan

part 1|63 pages

Animal Metaphors

chapter 1|8 pages

Avian Shakespeare

ByRebecca Ann Bach

chapter 2|13 pages

Shakespeare’s Fishponds

Matter, Metaphor, and Market
ByDan Brayton

chapter 3|11 pages

“I Am the Dog”

Canine Abjection, Species Reversal, and Misanthropic Satire in The Two Gentlemen of Verona *
ByBryan Alkemeyer

chapter 4|16 pages

Learning from Crab

Primitive Accumulation, Migration, Species Being *
ByCrystal Bartolovich

part 2|51 pages

Scales of Meaning

chapter 6|13 pages

Cow-Cross Lane and Curriers Row

Animal Networks in Early Modern England
ByIan F. MacInnes

chapter 7|14 pages

“Everything Exists by Strife”

War and Creaturely Violence in Shakespeare’s Late Tragedies
ByBenjamin Bertram

chapter 8|12 pages

Zoonotic Shakespeare

Animals, Plagues, and the Medical Posthumanities
ByLucinda Cole

chapter 9|10 pages

Flock, Herd, Swarm

A Shakespearean Lexicon of Creaturely Collectivity
ByJoseph Campana

part 3|48 pages

Animal Worlds/Animal Language

chapter 10|9 pages

Swarm Life

Shakespeare’s School of Insects
ByKeith Botelho

chapter 11|12 pages

Bernardian Ecology and Topsell’s Redemptive Bee in The Tempest

ByNicole A. Jacobs

chapter 12|13 pages

What Does the Wolf Say?

Animal Language and Political Noise in Coriolanus
ByLiza Blake, Kathryn Vomero Santos

chapter 13|12 pages

Shrewd Shakespeare

ByBruce Boehrer

part 4|54 pages

Training, Performance, and Living with Animals

chapter 14|13 pages

The Training Relationship

Horses, Hawks, Dogs, Bears, and Humans
ByElspeth Graham

chapter 15|14 pages

Performing The Winter’s Tale in the “Open”

Bear Plays, Skinners’ Pageants, and the Early Modern Fur Trade
ByTodd A. Borlik

chapter 16|15 pages

Counting Shakespeare’s Sheep with The Second Shepherd’s Play

ByJulian Yates

chapter 17|10 pages

Silly Creatures

King Lear (with Sheep)
ByLaurie Shannon

part 5|78 pages

Animal Boundaries and Identities

chapter 18|11 pages

The Lion King

Shakespeare’s Beastly Sovereigns
ByNicole Mennell

chapter 19|14 pages

“Wearing the Horn”

Class and Community in the Shakespearean Hunt
ByJennifer Allport Reid

chapter 20|14 pages

On Eating, the Animal that Therefore I Am

Race and Animal Rites in Titus Andronicus
BySteven Swarbrick

chapter 21|12 pages

“What’s This? What’s This?”

Fish and Sexuality in Measure for Measure
ByRobert Wakeman

chapter 22|10 pages

My Palfrey, Myself

Toward a Queer Phenomenology of the Horse-Human Bond in Henry V and Beyond
ByKaren Raber

chapter 23|15 pages

“Forgiveness, Horse”

The Barbaric World of Richard II
ByErica Fudge