Gender and Literacy on Stage in Early Modern England by Eve Rachele SandersGender and Literacy on Stage in Early Modern England by Eve Rachele Sanders

Gender and Literacy on Stage in Early Modern England

byEve Rachele Sanders

Paperback | March 24, 2008

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In early modern England, boys and girls learned to be masculine or feminine as they learned to read and write. This book explores how gender differences, instilled through specific methods of instruction in literacy, were scrutinized in the English public theater. Close readings of plays from Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost to Thomas Dekker's Whore of Babylon, and of poems, didactic treatises and autobiographical writings from the same period, offer a richly textured analysis of the interaction among didactic precepts, literary models, and historical men and women.
Title:Gender and Literacy on Stage in Early Modern EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:March 24, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521056497

ISBN - 13:9780521056496


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. On his breast writ; 2. Enter Hamlet reading on a book; 3. She reads and smiles; 4. Writes in his tables; 5. She writes; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"[Sanders] presents a nuanced study of how cultural constructions of writing and reading inform complex dramatic characterization and motivate dramatic structures that themselves are as likely to resist as to inculcate the gendered humanist model. Sanders offers genuinely fresh insights..." Renaissance Quarterly