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Author Williams, Gordon, 1935-
Title Shakespeare, sex and the print revolution / Gordon Williams.
Imprint London ; Atlantic Highlands, NJ : Athlone, 1996.

Author Williams, Gordon, 1935-
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism, Textual.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- To 1625.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Censorship.
Erotic literature -- Publishing -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Erotic literature -- Censorship -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Erotic literature, English -- Criticism, Textual.
Printing -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Theater -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Sex in the theater.
Sex in literature.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 274 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-266) and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: pt. I Shakespearean Images and the Paradox of Print -- 1. Shakespearean Reputation -- 2. Performance versus Text -- 3. Censorship and Evasion -- 4. First Print Era: Reader-Spectator as Voyeur -- pt. II Shakespeare and the Classics -- 5. Roman Rapes -- 6. Sexual Temptresses -- 7. Trojan Whores -- 8. Cupid-Adonis: 'Prettie Boyes' and 'Unlawfull Joyes' -- 9. Pox and Gold: Timon's New World Heritage -- pt. III Sexual Reformation -- 10. Education of Women: Textual Authority or Sexual Licence -- 11. Othello, Cuckoldry and the Doctrine of Generality -- 12. Class and Courtship Ritual in Much Ado -- 13. Honest Whores, or the State as Brothel.
Summary "This book investigates how the sexual element in Shakespeare's works is complicated and compromised by the impact of print. Whether the issue is one of censorship and evasion or sexual redefinition, the fact that Shakespeare wrote in the first century of popular print is crucial. Out of the newly-accessible classical canon he creates a reconstituted idea of the sexual temptress; and out of Counter-Reformation propaganda he fashions his own complex thinking about the prostitute. Shakespeare's theatrical scripts, meeting-ground for the spoken and written word, contribute powerfully to those socio-sexual debates which had been re-energized by print."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 1847141455 (electronic bk.)
9781847141453 (electronic bk.)
9780485121216 (pbk.)
0485121212 (pbk.)
0485121212 (pbk.)
048511495X (cased)
OCLC # 290571751
Additional Format Print version: Williams, Gordon, 1935- Shakespeare, sex and the print revolution. London ; Atlantic Highlands, NJ : Athlone, 1996 (DLC) 95031871

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