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Men in Women's Clothing
Anti-theatricality and Effeminization, 1579–1642

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: November 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466271

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  • In 1597 anti-theatricalist Stephen Gosson made the curious remark that theatre 'effeminized' the mind. Four years later Phillip Stubbes claimed that male actors who wore women's clothing could literally 'adulterate' male gender and fifty years after this in a tract which may have hastened the closing of the theatres, William Prynne described a man whom women's clothing had literally caused to 'degenerate' into a women. How can we account for such fears of effeminization and what did Renaissance playwrights do with such a legacy? Laura Levine examines the ways in which Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson addressed a generation's anxieties about gender and the stage and identifies the way the same 'magical thinking' informed documents we much more readily associate with extreme forms of cultural paranoia: documents dedicated to the extermination of witches.

    • Develops the idea of anti-theatricality to embrace controversial areas of women's studies and gay studies, and links with witchcraft
    • Challenging new readings of Shakespeare, Jonson and Marlowe
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    '… cleverly brings together three areas of Renaissance anxiety: the longing for truth, a suspicious attitude to representation, and an identification of masculinity as performance.' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… a work of critical brilliance.' New Theatre Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466271
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.289kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Men in women's clothing
    2. Troilus and Cressida and the politics of rage
    3. 'Strange flesh': Antony and Cleopatra and the story of the dissolving warrior
    4. Theatre as other: Jonson's Epicoene
    5. The 'nothing' under the puppet's clothing: Jonson's suppression of Marlowe in Bartholomew Fair
    6. Magic as theatre, theatre as magic: daemonology and the problem of 'entresse'
    7. Magic as theatre, theatre as magic: the case of Newes from Scotland

  • Author

    Laura Levine

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