Shakespeare Among the Courtesans

Shakespeare Among the Courtesans

Amid these fascinating tales of aspiration, desire and despair lingers the intriguing question of who was the 'dark lady' of Shakespeare's sonnets.

Author: Duncan Salkeld

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317056683

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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Courtesans - women who achieve wealth, status, or power through sexual transgression - have played both a central and contradictory role in literature: they have been admired, celebrated, feared, and vilified. This study of the courtesan in Renaissance English drama focuses not only on the moral ambivalence of these women, but with special attention to Anglo-Italian relations, illuminates little known aspects of their lives. It traces the courtesan from a wry comedic character in the plays of Terence and Plautus to its literary exhaustion in the seventeenth-century dramatic works of Dekker, Marston, Webster, Middleton, Shirley and Brome. The author focuses especially on the presentation of the courtesan in the sixteenth century - dramas by Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Lyly view the courtesan as a symbol of social disease and decay, transforming classical conventions into English prejudices. Renaissance Anglo-Italian cultural and sexual relations are also investigated through comparisons of travel narratives, original source materials, and analysis of Aretino's representations of celebrated Italian courtesans. Amid these fascinating tales of aspiration, desire and despair lingers the intriguing question of who was the 'dark lady' of Shakespeare's sonnets.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare Among the Courtesans

Shakespeare Among the Courtesans

... but also its now more infamous residents.46 Shakespeare does not (as he easily might have done) double the courtesan ... among the many 'Gentlewomen' who danced before the performance on the evening of 28 December when Shakespeare's ...

Author: Duncan Salkeld

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317056676

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

View: 539

Courtesans - women who achieve wealth, status, or power through sexual transgression - have played both a central and contradictory role in literature: they have been admired, celebrated, feared, and vilified. This study of the courtesan in Renaissance English drama focuses not only on the moral ambivalence of these women, but with special attention to Anglo-Italian relations, illuminates little known aspects of their lives. It traces the courtesan from a wry comedic character in the plays of Terence and Plautus to its literary exhaustion in the seventeenth-century dramatic works of Dekker, Marston, Webster, Middleton, Shirley and Brome. The author focuses especially on the presentation of the courtesan in the sixteenth century - dramas by Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Lyly view the courtesan as a symbol of social disease and decay, transforming classical conventions into English prejudices. Renaissance Anglo-Italian cultural and sexual relations are also investigated through comparisons of travel narratives, original source materials, and analysis of Aretino's representations of celebrated Italian courtesans. Amid these fascinating tales of aspiration, desire and despair lingers the intriguing question of who was the 'dark lady' of Shakespeare's sonnets.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment

53 On the Nell–Luce–Lucy Negro nexus, see Salkeld, Shakespeare among the Courtesans, 133–4; he proposes that Lucy Negro also doubles for the unnamed courtesan in the play (134). G. R. Elliott, 'Weirdness in The Comedy of Errors' (1939), ...

Author: Valerie Traub

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191019722

Category: Drama

Page: 816

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The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment brings together 42 of the most important scholars and writing on the subject today. Extending the purview of feminist criticism, it offers an intersectional paradigm for considering representations of gender in the context of race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and religion. In addition to sophisticated textual analysis drawing on the methods of historicism, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and posthumanism, a team of international experts discuss Shakespeare's life, contemporary editing practices, and performance of his plays on stage, on screen, and in the classroom. This theoretically sophisticated yet elegantly written Handbook includes an editor's Introduction that provides a comprehensive overview of current debates.
Categories: Drama

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England vol 27

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England  vol  27

Shakespeare among the Courtesans: Prostitution, Literature, and Drama, 1500–1600, by Duncan Salkeld. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. Pp. 206 xiv. Hardback $99.95. Reviewer: Tanya Pollard Courtesans have long exerted a powerful hold on ...

Author: S. P. Cerasano

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838644720

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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An international journal committed to the publication of essays and reviews relevant to drama and theatre history to 1642. This issue includes nine new articles and reviews of three books.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in Early Modern British Literature and Culture 1500 1630

The Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in Early Modern British Literature and Culture  1500 1630

Salkeld, Shakespeare among the Courtesans, 4–9, 20, 24. For the early modern/colonial period, see Mignolo, The Darker Side of the Renaissance, though he does not deal with human trafficking per se; for our postmodern/postcolonial era, ...

Author: Bernadette Andrea

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781487501259

Category: English literature

Page: 250

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Cover -- Copyright page -- Contents -- Note on Sources -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Can the Subaltern Signify? Tracing the Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in British Literature and Culture, c. 1500-1630 -- Chapter One: The "Presences of Women" from the Islamic World in Late Medieval Scotland and Early Modern England -- Chapter Two: The Islamic World and the Construction of Early Modern Englishwomen's Authorship: Queen Elizabeth I, the Tartar Girl, and the Tartar-Indian Woman -- Chapter Three: The Islamic World and the Construction of Early Modern Englishwomen's Authorship: Lady Mary Wroth, the Tartar-Persian Princess, and the Tartar King -- Chapter Four: Signifying Gender and Islam in Early Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors (1594) and the Gray's Inn Revels -- Chapter Five: Signifying Gender and Islam in Late Shakespeare: Henry VIII or All is True (1613) and British "Masques of Blackness" -- Chapter Six: The Intersecting Paths of Two Women from the Islamic World: Teresa Sampsonia, Mariam Khanim, and the East India Company -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Categories: English literature

Shakespeare Studies vol 43

Shakespeare Studies  vol  43

and symbolic associations between theater and prostitution in early modern London. ... 2011), 159–91; and Duncan Salkeld, Shakespeare among the Courtesans: Prostitution, Literature, and Drama, 1500–1650 (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012), ...

Author: Diana E. Henderson

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780838644768

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare Music and Performance

Shakespeare  Music and Performance

D. Salkeld traces the emergence of the Italian courtesan in early modern drama in Shakespeare Among the Courtesans (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012), Ch. 5. See also M. Feldman and B. Gordon, eds., The Courtesan's Arts: Cross-Cultural ...

Author: Bill Barclay

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107139336

Category: Drama

Page: 302

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This volume traces the uses of music in Shakespearean performance from the first Globe and Blackfriars to contemporary, global productions.
Categories: Drama

The Diva s Gift to the Shakespearean Stage

The Diva s Gift to the Shakespearean Stage

See Duncan Salkeld , Shakespeare Among the Courtesans : Prostitution , Literature and Drama , 1500-1650 ( Burlington , VT , and Farnham : Ashgate , 2012 ) , 98 , 99. Recently Matteo Pangallo has turned up a new possibility .

Author: Pamela Allen Brown

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198867838

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Explores the extent to which the early modern English stage came to reflect the presence and performances of Italian actresses.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare and London

Shakespeare and London

David Fallow , ' His father John Shakespeare ' , in Edmondson and Wells ( eds ) , The Shakespeare Circle , 30. For Elizabeth Hall , see Harriet ... For Matthew Shakespeare , see Salkeld , Shakespeare Among the Courtesans , 142–5 . 26.

Author: Duncan Salkeld

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192559784

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Stratford made the man, but London made the phenomenon that is Shakespeare. This volume takes an historical approach to Shakespeare's connections with London. It explores Stratford's various links with the capital, significant locations for Shakespeare's work, people with whom he associated, his resistance to pressure from the City authorities, and the cultural diversity of early modern London. Among many aspects of his life in the City and its environs, it covers the playhouses in Shoreditch, his associations with Bishopsgate, his brother Edmund's residence on Bankside, and elements of London life that went into the making of Falstaff. Being 'forest born', he was always an outsider and could never have been, or felt, accepted as a citizen. We find him repeatedly a sojourner in the City, on the move. His home and family lay in Stratford. Despite his success in the capital, we might almost imagine him to have been a reluctant Londoner. Shakespeare and London draws on a range of documentary sources including City parish registers, county sessions records and the archives of London's Bridewell Hospital. It sets out details about those who inhabited Shakespeare's milieu, or played some part in shaping his writing and acting career. This volume is Ideal reading for undergraduates, graduates, and specialists of Shakespeare studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance

Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance

He is the author of Madness and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare (1993) and Shakespeare Among the Courtesans (2012). His most recent publications include chapters, articles, and notes on Aretino, Shakespeare, Microhistory, Presentism, ...

Author: Michele Marrapodi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317056430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 388

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Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance investigates the works of Shakespeare and his fellow dramatists from within the context of the European Renaissance and, more specifically, from within the context of Italian cultural, dramatic, and literary traditions, with reference to the impact and influence of classical, coeval, and contemporary culture. In contrast to previous studies, the critical perspectives pursued in this volume’s tripartite organization take into account a wider European intertextual dimension and, above all, an ideological interpretation of the 'aesthetics' or 'politics' of intertextuality. Contributors perceive the presence of the Italian world in early modern England not as a traditional treasure trove of influence and imitation, but as a potential cultural force, consonant with complex processes of appropriation, transformation, and ideological opposition through a continuous dialectical interchange of compliance and subversion.
Categories: Literary Criticism