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Chastity in Early Stuart Literature and Culture

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  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107130128

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  • In this book, Bonnie Lander Johnson explores early modern ideas of chastity, demonstrating how crucial early Stuart thinking on chastity was to political, medical, theological and moral debates, and that it was also a virtue that governed the construction of different literary genres. Drawing on a range of materials, from prose to theatre, theological controversy to legal trials, and court ceremonies - including royal birthing rituals - Lander Johnson unearths previously unrecognised opinions about chastity. She reveals that early Stuart theatrical and court ceremonies were part of the same political debate as prose pamphlets and religious sermons. The volume also offers new readings of Milton's Comus, Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Henrietta Maria's queenship and John Ford's plays. It will appeal to scholars of early modern literature, theatre, political, medical and cultural history, and gender studies.

    • Proposes a new view of early modern ideas of chastity
    • Takes a broad perspective, considering a range of early modern discourses in medical, political, architectural, ceremonial, and textual phenomena
    • Offers new readings of familiar early modern texts
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107130128
    • length: 201 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Unchastity in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Caroline court performance and theological dispute
    2. Chastity, medical controversy and the theatre of John Ford
    3. Chastity, William Harvey's demonstrations and court ceremony
    4. Marian chastity: Caroline masques and Henrietta Maria's chaste births
    5. Protestant chastity: the language of resistance in Milton's 'A Maske' and A Maske
    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Bonnie Lander Johnson, University of Cambridge
    Bonnie Lander Johnson is Fellow and Lecturer at Selwyn College, Cambridge. She has published articles in journals, including Bulletin of the Society of Renaissance Studies, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. She is also the editor of Blood Matters (forthcoming, 2016).

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