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Staging Domesticity : Household Work and English Identity in Early Modern Drama - Wendy Wall

Staging Domesticity

Household Work and English Identity in Early Modern Drama

By: Wendy Wall, Stephen Orgel (Editor), Anne Barton (Editor), Jonathan Dollimore (Editor), Marjorie Garber (Editor)


Published: 21st January 2002
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Wendy Wall argues that representations of housework in the early modern period helped to forge conceptions of national identity. With a detailed account of household practices, this study interprets plays on the London stage in reference to the first printed cookbooks in England. Working from original historical sources, Wall reveals that domesticity was represented as "familiar" as well as "exotic". She analyzes a wide range of plays including some now little-known as well as key works of the early modern period.

"Wall's book usefully complicates and deepens the field...[Wall] produces illuminating interpretations of the dramatic texts she scrutinizes and also of the gendered social dynamics of early modern England." Renaissance Quarterly "Wall's book deserves widespread attention." Modern Language Quarterly "Easily the most engaging, most thoroughly enjoyable study of the year...a learned, beautifully written 'must read' jam-packed...with fascinating detail..Buy this book." Studies in English Literature "In a beautifully sustained argument, Wall offers powerful, detailed renderings of household practices ... and equally intriguing interpretations of the emergence of the household in drama identifying itself as 'English'... Essential for libraries serving graduate students and researchers." Choice

List of illustrations
Introduction: in the nations' kitchen
Familiarity and pleasure in the English household guide, 1500-1700
Needles and birches: pedagogy, domesticity, and the advent of English comedy
Why does Puck sweep? Shakespearean fairies and the politics of cleaning
The erotics of milk and live food, or, ingesting early modern Englishness
Tending to bodies and boys: queer physic in Knight of the Burning Pestle
Blood in the kitchen: service, taste, and violence in domestic drama
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ISBN: 9780521808491
ISBN-10: 0521808499
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 21st January 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.62