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Textual Intercourse

Textual Intercourse
Collaboration, authorship, and sexualities in Renaissance drama


Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: February 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521589208

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  • Textual Intercourse proposes that the language and practice of writing plays in early modern England was inextricably linked to languages and practices of eroticism, sexuality and reproduction. Jeffrey Masten reads a range of early modern materials - burial records, contemporary biographical anecdotes and theatrical records, essays, conduct books and poems; the printed apparatus of published plays, and the plays themselves - to illustrate the ways in which writing for the theatre shifted from a model of homoerotic collaboration toward one of singular authorship on a patriarchal-absolutist model. Plays and collections of plays by Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Fletcher, Beaumont and Fletcher, Margaret Cavendish, and others, are considered. Textual Intercourse illustrate the ways in which methods attuned to sexuality and gender can illuminate more traditional questions of authorship, attribution, textual editing and intellectual property.

    • Radical re-reading of Renaissance drama, through history of the sexualities that surrounded and informed it
    • New insight into the work of Shakespeare, including his collaborative work, and other playwrights including Margaret Cavendish
    • Authorship/collaboration are becoming increasingly more popular
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is an absorbing book, which bristles with provocative insights … Of necessity, therefore, and often brilliantly, masten ranges widely in his study over the terrains of queer studies, the history of sexuality and ditorial controversy … Textual Intercourse thus constitutes a landmark volume … This important work will have a notable impact on Renaissance scholarship and editorial practice alike.' Mark Thornton Burnett, Theatre Research International

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521589208
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Seeing double: collaboration and the interpretation of Renaissance drama
    2. Between gentlemen: homoeroticism, collaboration, and the discourse of friendship
    3. Representing authority: patriarchalism, absolutism, and the author on stage
    4. Reproducing works: dramatic quartos and folios in the seventeenth century
    5. Mistris Corrivall: Margaret Cavendish's dramatic production

  • Author

    Jeffrey Masten, Northwestern University, Illinois
    Jeffrey Masten is Professor of English and of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University.

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