Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeares England by Stephen OrgelImpersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeares England by Stephen Orgel

Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeares England

byStephen Orgel

Paperback | March 29, 1996

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Why was England the only country in Europe to maintain an all-male public theater in the Renaissance? Stephen Orgel uses this question as the starting point of a fresh and stimulating exploration of the representation of gender in Elizabethan drama and society. At once provocative and witty, lucid and stylish, Impersonations will reshape our understanding of the Renaissance theater, and make us rethink our own inadequate categories of gender, power and sexuality.
Title:Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeares EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.43 inPublished:March 29, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521568420

ISBN - 13:9780521568425

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The performance of desire; 3. The eye of the beholder; 4. Call me Ganymede; 5. Masculine apparel; 6. Mankind witches; 7. Visible figures.

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Why was England the only country in Europe to maintain an all-male public theater in the Renaissance? Stephen Orgel uses this question as the starting point of a fresh and stimulating exploration of the representation of gender in Elizabethan drama and society.

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"...the book is highly recommended for theater history, literature, and gender-studies collections. Detailed endnotes include many useful bibliographical references." J.W. Lafler, Choice