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Eroticism on the Renaissance Stage
Transcendence, Desire, and the Limits of the Visible

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034678

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  • In this 1998 book, Celia Daileader explores the paradoxes of eroticism on the stage in early modern England, where women and their bodies (represented by boy actors) were materially absent and yet symbolically central. Her starting point is the theoretical and theatrical problem of sexual acts that take place offstage, which is a paradigm for the limits of the visible in Renaissance theatre. The space that lies offstage becomes an imaginary realm, encompassing both spiritual and erotic transcendence. In accounting for its power, Daileader looks to the suppression of religious drama in England and the resulting secularization of the stage. Focusing on the link between absence and desire, and discussing a wide range of drama from Corpus Christi plays to Shakespeare, her argument draws together questions about sexuality and the sacred, in the bodies - of Christ and of woman - that are banished from the early modern English stage.

    • Exciting insights into early modern English drama, particularly on questions about what could and could not be shown on stage
    • Draws significant analogies between eroticism and the sacred in early modern English drama
    • Addresses and furthers debates about boy actors and the social construction of gender, with reference to a wide range of plays
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    'In this exciting new book, Celia R. Daileader creates a bold and original thesis from her observation that the early modern theatre featured no actual female bodies … imaginatively invigorates our senses, quickens our intellect and transforms our knowledge.' Mark Thornton Burnett, Theatre Research International

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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034678
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.271kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgments
    1. Entrances: sex, women, God
    2. Offstage sex and female desire
    3. Body beneath/body beyond
    4. (Off)Staging the sacred
    5. Obscene and unseen
    6. Ejaculations and conclusions: toward an erotic theoretics
    Appendices
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    Celia R. Daileader, University of Alabama

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