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Author Dowd, Michelle M., 1975- author.
Title The dynamics of inheritance on the Shakespearean stage / Michelle M. Dowd.
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015.

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 OTTERBEIN MAIN COLLECTION  PR658.I476 D69 2015    AVAILABLE  
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 OTTERBEIN MAIN COLLECTION  PR658.I476 D69 2015    AVAILABLE  
Author Dowd, Michelle M., 1975- author.
Subject English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
English drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism.
Inheritance and succession in literature.
Theater and society -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Theater and society -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Description xiii, 289 pages : illustrations, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Summary "Early modern England's system of patrilineal inheritance, in which the eldest son inherited his father's estate and title, was one of the most significant forces affecting social order in the period. Demonstrating that early modern theatre played a unique and vital role in shaping how inheritance was understood, Michelle M. Dowd explores some of the common contingencies that troubled this system: marriage and remarriage, misbehaving male heirs, and families with only daughters. Shakespearean drama helped question and reimagine inheritance practices, making room for new formulations of gendered authority, family structure, and wealth transfer. Through close readings of canonical and non-canonical plays by Shakespeare, Webster, Jonson, and others, Dowd pays particular attention to the significance of space in early modern inheritance and the historical relationship between dramatic form and the patrilineal economy. Her book will interest researchers and students of early modern drama, Shakespeare, gender studies, and socio-economic history"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-281) and index.
Contents Introduction: staging inheritance in early modern England -- 1. Crooked titles and inconstant estates -- 2. Revision and inaccessibility in The Duchess of Malfi -- 3. Travel, displacement, and the prodigal son -- 4. Dislocation and the loss of issue in Pericles -- 5. Claustrophobia and urban affiliation in Volpone and Epicene; Epilogue -- Bibliography -- Index.
ISBN 9781107099777 (Hardback)
1107099773 (Hardback)
ISBN/ISSN 40025106964
OCLC # 895117031