Shakespeare Among the Courtesans

Shakespeare Among the Courtesans

(1688), has been alleged to have been the infamous 'Dark Lady' of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Historical records regarding Lucy Negro, or 'Black Luce' show her as a particularly successful, and so notorious, brothel madam based in ...

Author: Duncan Salkeld

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317056676

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

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 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

Shakespeare Music and Performance

Shakespeare  Music and Performance

Referring to the performance, husband Petruchio labels her 'Lady Green-Sleeves', alluding to the courtesan of the popular ballad.17 Similarly in Fletcher's The Chances, two Constantina's, one a chaste gentlewoman and one a courtesan, ...

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

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

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: 9781487512804

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Bernadette Andrea’s groundbreaking study recovers and reinterprets the lives of women from the Islamic world who travelled, with varying degrees of volition, as slaves, captives, or trailing wives to Scotland and England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Andrea’s thorough and insightful analysis of historical documents, visual records, and literary works focuses on five extraordinary women: Elen More and Lucy Negro, both from Islamic West Africa; Ipolita the Tartarian, a girl acquired from Islamic Central Asia; Teresa Sampsonia, a Circassian from the Safavid Empire; and Mariam Khanim, an Armenian from the Mughal Empire. By analysing these women’s lives and their impact on the literary and cultural life of proto-colonial England, Andrea reveals that they are simultaneously significant constituents of the emerging Anglo-centric discourse of empire and cultural agents in their own right. The Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in Early Modern British Literature and Culture advances a methodology based on microhistory, cross-cultural feminist studies, and postcolonial approaches to the early modern period.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare Studies vol 43

Shakespeare Studies  vol  43

According to Lenz, after Henslowe became an owner of both playhouses and bawdy houses in 1584, civic concern about the ... and Duncan Salkeld, Shakespeare among the Courtesans: Prostitution, Literature, and Drama, 1500–1650 (Burlington, ...

Author: Diana E. Henderson

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780838644768

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 841

Categories: Literary Criticism

Blind Spots of Knowledge in Shakespeare and His World

Blind Spots of Knowledge in Shakespeare and His World

27 On the reception of Roman New Comedy in early modern England, see Miola, Shakespeare and Classical Comedy, and Salkeld, Shakespeare Among the Courtesans, 13–16. 28Miola, Shakespeare and Classical Comedy; Womack, “The Comical Scene.

Author: Subha Mukherji

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110661996

Category: History

Page: 226

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A "blind spot" suggests an obstructed view, or partisan perception, or a localized lack of understanding. Just as the brain "reads" the "blind spot" of the visual field by a curious process of readjustment, Shakespearean drama disorients us with moments of unmastered and unmasterable knowledge, recasting the way we see, know and think about knowing. Focusing on such moments of apparent obscurity, this volume puts methods and motives of knowing under the spotlight, and responds both to inscribed acts of blind-sighting, and to the text or action blind-sighting the reader or spectator. While tracing the hermeneutic yield of such occlusion is its main conceptual aim, it also embodies a methodological innovation: structured as an internal dialogue, it aims to capture, and stake out a place for, a processive intellectual energy that enables a distinctive way of knowing in academic life; and to translate a sense of intellectual "community" into print.
Categories: History

Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theories

Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theories

Chichester and author of Madness and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare (1993). His recent publications include chapters, articles, and notes on Aretino, Shakespeare's 'Dark Lady', microhistory, presentism and new historicism, prostitutes, ...

Author: Michele Marrapodi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317056584

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 338

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Throwing fresh light on a much discussed but still controversial field, this collection of essays places the presence of Italian literary theories against and alongside the background of English dramatic traditions, to assess this influence in the emergence of Elizabethan theatrical convention and the innovative dramatic practices under the early Stuarts. Contributors respond anew to the process of cultural exchange, cultural transaction, and generic intertextuality involved in the debate on dramatic theory and literary kinds in the Renaissance, exploring, with special emphasis on Shakespeare's works, the level of cultural appropriation, contamination, revision, and subversion characterizing early modern English drama. Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theories offers a wide range of approaches and critical viewpoints of leading international scholars concerning questions which are still open to debate and which may pave the way to further groundbreaking analyses on Shakespeare's art of dramatic construction and that of his contemporaries.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Imagining Shakespeare s Wife

Imagining Shakespeare s Wife

Valentina Vannucci, “The Canon and Biofiction: The Subjects of History and New Literary Worlds,” in Biographical ... Duncan Salkeld's Shakespeare Among the Courtesans: Prostitution, Literature and Drama 1500–1650 (2012) identifies her ...

Author: Katherine West Scheil

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108416696

Category: Drama

Page: 320

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Examines representations of Anne Hathaway from the eighteenth century to contemporary portrayals in theatre, biographies and novels.
Categories: Drama

Women Talk Back to Shakespeare

Women Talk Back to Shakespeare

In Maternity and Romance Narratives in Early Modern England, eds. ... “'Gracious Be the Issue': Maternity and Narrative In Shakespeare's Late Plays. ... Salkeld, Duncan. Shakespeare Among the Courtesans: Prostitution, Literature, and Drama,

Author: Jo Eldridge Carney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000466164

Category: History

Page: 200

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This study explores more recent adaptations published in the last decade whereby women—either authors or their characters—talk back to Shakespeare in a variety of new ways. "Talking back to Shakespeare", a term common in intertextual discourse, is not a new phenomenon, particularly in literature. For centuries, women writers—novelists, playwrights, and poets—have responded to Shakespeare with inventive and often transgressive retellings of his work. Thus far, feminist scholarship has examined creative responses to Shakespeare by women writers through the late twentieth century. This book brings together the "then" of Shakespeare with the "now" of contemporary literature by examining how many of his plays have cultural currency in the present day. Adoption and surrogate childrearing; gender fluidity; global pandemics; imprisonment and criminal justice; the intersection of misogyny and racism—these are all pressing social and political concerns, but they are also issues that are central to Shakespeare’s plays and the early modern period. By approaching material with a fresh interdisciplinary perspective, Women Talk Back to Shakespeare is an excellent tool for both scholars and students concerned with adaptation, women and gender, and intertextuality of Shakespeare’s plays.
Categories: History