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Fashioning Femininity and English Renaissance Drama : Women in Culture & Society (Paperback) - Karen Newman

Fashioning Femininity and English Renaissance Drama

Women in Culture & Society (Paperback)

By: Karen Newman, Catharine R. Stimpson (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1991
ISBN: 9780226577098
Number Of Pages: 202

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By examining representations of women on stage and in the many printed materials aimed at them, Karen Newman shows how female subjectivity--both the construction of the gendered subject and the ideology of women's subjection to men--was fashioned in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Her emphasis is not on "women" so much as on the category of "femininity" as deployed in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
Through the critical lens of poststructuralism, Newman reads anatomies, conduct and domesticity handbooks, sermons, homilies, ballads, and court cases to delineate the ideologies of femininity they represented and produced. Arguing that drama, as spectacle, provides a peculiarly useful locus for analyzing the management of femininity, Newman considers the culture of early modern London to reveal how female subjectivity was fashioned and staged in the plays of Shakespeare, Jonson, and others.

List of Illustrations
Series Editor's Foreword
Body Politics
The Crown Conjugal: Marriage in Early Modern England
Renaissance Family Practices and Shakespeare'sTaming of the Shrew
Discovering Witches: Sorciographics
""And wash the Ethiop white"": Femininity and the Monstrous inOthello
Englishing the Other: ""Le tiers exclu"" and Shakepeare'sHenry V
Dressing Up: Sartorial Extravagance in Early Modern London
City Talk: Femininity and Commodification in Jonson'
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ISBN: 9780226577098
ISBN-10: 0226577090
Series: Women in Culture & Society (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 1st January 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.32  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.27