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Men in Women's Clothing : Anti-theatricality and Effeminization, 1579-1642 - Laura Levine

Men in Women's Clothing

Anti-theatricality and Effeminization, 1579-1642

Paperback Published: 12th December 1994
ISBN: 9780521466271
Number Of Pages: 196

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In 1597 anti-theatricalist Stephen Gosson made the curious remark that theatre 'effeminized' the mind. Four years later Phillip Stubbes claimed that male actors who wore women's clothing could literally 'adulterate' male gender and fifty years after this in a tract which may have hastened the closing of the theatres, William Prynne described a man whom women's clothing had literally caused to 'degenerate' into a women. How can we account for such fears of effeminization and what did Renaissance playwrights do with such a legacy? Laura Levine examines the ways in which Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson addressed a generation's anxieties about gender and the stage and identifies the way the same 'magical thinking' informed documents we much more readily associate with extreme forms of cultural paranoia: documents dedicated to the extermination of witches.

'... cleverly brings together three areas of Renaissance anxiety: the longing for truth, a suspicious attitude to representation, and an identification of masculinity as performance.' The Times Literary Supplement Examines ways in which Renaissance dramatists addressed a generation's anxieties about gender and the stage. '... a work of critical brilliance.' New Theatre Quarterly

Men in women's clothing
Troilus and Cressida and the politics of rage
'Strange flesh': Antony and Cleopatra and the story of the dissolving warrior
Theatre as other: Jonson's Epicoene
The 'nothing' under the puppet's clothing: Jonson's suppression of Marlowe in Bartholomew Fair
Magic as theatre, theatre as magic: daemonologie and the problem of 'entresse'
Magic as theatre, theatre as magic: the case of Newes from Scotland
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ISBN: 9780521466271
ISBN-10: 052146627X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture, 5
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 12th December 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.19  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.26