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Overview

This book investigates how the sexual element in Shakespeare's works is complicated and compromised by the impact of print. Whether the issue is one of censorship and evasion or sexual redefinition, the fact that Shakespeare wrote in the first century of popular print is crucial. Out of the newly-accessible classical canon he creates a reconstituted idea of the sexual temptress; and out of the Counter-Reformation propaganda he fashions his own complex thinking about the prostitute. Shakespeare's theatrical scripts, meeting-ground fro the spoken and written word, contribute powerfully to those socio-sexual debates which had been re-energized by print.
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Editorial Reviews

Shakespeare Yearbook
Stimulating combination of historical and text criticism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780485121216
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Gordon Williams is Reader in English at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Previous books include A Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature (3 vols, Athlone, 1994) and Shakespeare, Sex and the Print Revolution (Athlone, 1996).
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Table of Contents

Preface
A Note on the Text References
Introduction 1
Pt. I Shakespearean Images and the Paradox of Print 5
1 The Shakespearean Reputation 7
2 Performance versus Text 14
3 Censorship and Evasion 25
4 The First Print Era: Reader-Spectator as Voyeur 46
Pt. II Shakespeare and the Classics 57
5 Roman Rapes 59
6 Sexual Temptresses 74
7 Trojan Whores 99
8 Cupid-Adonis: 'Prettie Boyes' and 'Unlawfull Joyes' 119
9 Pox and Gold: Timon's New World Heritage 129
Pt. III The Sexual Reformation 145
Introduction 147
10 The Education of Women: Textual Authority or Sexual Licence 151
11 Othello, Cuckoldry and the Doctrine of Generality 173
12 Class and Courtship Ritual in Much Ado 195
13 Honest Whores, or the State as Brothel 209
Conclusion 227
Notes 232
Select Bibliography 263
Index 267
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