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Shakespeare, Sex and the Print Revolution - Gordon Williams

Shakespeare, Sex and the Print Revolution

Paperback Published: 1st April 1996
ISBN: 9780485121216
Number Of Pages: 288

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This book investigates how the sexual element in Shakespeare's works in 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-accesible classical canon he creates a reconstituted idea pf the sexual temptress; and out of Counter-Reformation propaganda he fashions his own complex thinking about the prostitute. Shakespeare's theatrical scripts, meeting-ground for the spoken and written word, contribute powerfully to those socio-sexual debates which had been re-energised by print. Dr Williams teaches at the University of Wales, Lampeter. His previous book was A Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature (Athlone, 1994) and forthcoming is a Glossary of Shakespeare's Sexual Usage (Athlone, 1997).

'stimulating combination of historical and text criticism' Shakespeare Yearbook

A Note on the Text References
Introductionp. 1
Shakespearean Images and the Paradox of Printp. 5
The Shakespearean Reputationp. 7
Performance versus Textp. 14
Censorship and Evasionp. 25
The First Print Era: Reader-Spectator as Voyeurp. 46
Shakespeare and the Classicsp. 57
Roman Rapesp. 59
Sexual Temptressesp. 74
Trojan Whoresp. 99
Cupid-Adonis: 'Prettie Boyes' and 'Unlawfull Joyes'p. 119
Pox and Gold: Timon's New World Heritagep. 129
The Sexual Reformationp. 145
Introductionp. 147
The Education of Women: Textual Authority or Sexual Licencep. 151
Othello, Cuckoldry and the Doctrine of Generalityp. 173
Class and Courtship Ritual in Much Adop. 195
Honest Whores, or the State as Brothelp. 209
Conclusionp. 227
Notesp. 232
Select Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780485121216
ISBN-10: 0485121212
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1