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Shakespeare's Women

Performance and Conception

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Shakespeare's Women by David Mann
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In this book, David Mann examines the influence of the Elizabethan cross-dressed tradition on the performance and conception of Shakespeare's female roles through an analysis of all 205 extant plays written for the adult theatre. The study provides both an historical context, showing how performance practice developed in the era before Shakespeare, and a comparative one, in revealing how dramatists in general treated their female characters and the influence their characterisation had upon Shakespeare's writing. The book challenges many views of the sexual ethos of Elizabethan theatre, offering instead a picture of Shakespeare which pays less attention to his supposed gender politics and more to his ability to exploit the cross-dressed convention as a dramatic medium. By challenging the gay and polemical feminist accounts that currently dominate the treatment of Elizabethan cross-dressing, the book restores its importance as a mainstream performance topic for academics and students.

Author Biography

David Mann is a retired drama teacher.
Release date Australia
February 21st, 2008
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
304
Dimensions
152x228x17
ISBN-13
9780521882132
Product ID
2445592

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