Shakespeare, Sex And The Print Revolution / Edition 1

Shakespeare, Sex And The Print Revolution / Edition 1

by Gordon Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0485121212

ISBN-13: 9780485121216

Pub. Date: 04/01/1996

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780485121216
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
A Note on the Text References
Introduction1
Pt. IShakespearean Images and the Paradox of Print5
1The Shakespearean Reputation7
2Performance versus Text14
3Censorship and Evasion25
4The First Print Era: Reader-Spectator as Voyeur46
Pt. IIShakespeare and the Classics57
5Roman Rapes59
6Sexual Temptresses74
7Trojan Whores99
8Cupid-Adonis: 'Prettie Boyes' and 'Unlawfull Joyes'119
9Pox and Gold: Timon's New World Heritage129
Pt. IIIThe Sexual Reformation145
Introduction147
10The Education of Women: Textual Authority or Sexual Licence151
11Othello, Cuckoldry and the Doctrine of Generality173
12Class and Courtship Ritual in Much Ado195
13Honest Whores, or the State as Brothel209
Conclusion227
Notes232
Select Bibliography263
Index267

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