Eroticism on the Renaissance Stage: Transcendence, Desire, and the Limits of the Visible

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Celia Daileader explores the paradoxes of eroticism in early modern English drama, where women and their bodies (represented by boy actors) were materially absent and yet symbolically central. Accounting for the significance of the space offstage, where most sexual acts take place, Daileader looks to the suppression of religious drama in England and the resulting secularization of the stage. She draws together questions about sexuality and the sacred, in the bodies--of Christ and of woman--banished from the early...
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Overview

Celia Daileader explores the paradoxes of eroticism in early modern English drama, where women and their bodies (represented by boy actors) were materially absent and yet symbolically central. Accounting for the significance of the space offstage, where most sexual acts take place, Daileader looks to the suppression of religious drama in England and the resulting secularization of the stage. She draws together questions about sexuality and the sacred, in the bodies--of Christ and of woman--banished from the early modern English stage.
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"The author is to be commended for the clarity and lucidity of her writing, even though she makes large use of Foucault and Derrida. This is the thirtieth volume in Cambrige studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture, edited by Stephen Orgel, a new historicist and cultural studies series that has strinkingly original and impressive contributions." Shakeshare Bulletin

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
1 Entrances: sex, women, God 1
2 Offstage sex and female desire 23
I Middleton: silence and sound 25
II Shakespeare: balconies and beds 35
3 Body beneath / body beyond 51
I Women in breeches: The Tamer Tamed 53
II Breaching Ursula's booth: exteriors, interiors, posteriors 65
4 (Off)Staging the sacred 79
I Blood and alabaster: The Duchess of Malfi 81
II Sex and the crucifix: The Lady's Tragedy 92
5 Obscene and unseen 107
I Middleton: naming of parts 111
II Shakespeare: name of the father 120
6 Ejaculations and conclusions: toward an erotic theoretics 132
Appendix 1 143
Appendix 2 155
Notes 159
Index 191
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