Impersonations The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England

ISBN-10: 0521568420

ISBN-13: 9780521568425

Edition: 1996

Authors: Stephen Orgel

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Why was England the only country in Europe to maintain an all-male public theatre in the Renaissance? Stephen Orgel uses this question as the starting point of a fresh and stimulating exploration of the representation of gender in Elizabethan drama and society. Why were boys used to play female roles in drama, and how did such cross-dressing impact on the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries? What was the place of women in the Renaissance theatre, either on the stage or in the audience? And what did society make of those women who significantly and successfully violated accepted gender boundaries? At once provocative and witty, lucid and stylish, Impersonations will reshape our understanding of the Renaissance theatre, and make us rethink our own inadequate categories of gender, power and sexuality.
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Book details

List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/29/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction
The performance of desire
The eye of the beholder
Call me Ganymede
Masculine apparel
Mankind witches
Visible figures
Notes
Index
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