Materializing Gender in Early Modern English Literature and Culture by Will FisherMaterializing Gender in Early Modern English Literature and Culture by Will Fisher

Materializing Gender in Early Modern English Literature and Culture

byWill Fisher

Paperback | June 24, 2010

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Through examining some of the everyday items that helped establish a person's masculinity or femininity, this book offers a new analysis of gender identity in early modern English literature and culture. Individual chapters focus on items such as codpieces, handkerchiefs, beards, and hair. Fisher argues that these seemingly peripheral parts were in fact constitutive, and consequently that early modern gender was materialized through a relatively wide range of parts or features, and that it was also often conceptualized as being malleable. The book deliberately brings together sexual characteristics (beard growth and hair length) and gendered accessories (codpieces and handkerchiefs) in order to explore the limitations of using the modern conceptual distinction between sex and gender to understand early modern ideas about masculinity and femininity. Materializing Gender engages with a range of historical materials including drama, poetry, portraiture, medical texts, and polemical tracts, and a range of theoretical issues.
Title:Materializing Gender in Early Modern English Literature and CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:June 24, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521144728

ISBN - 13:9780521144728


Table of Contents

Introduction: Prosthetic gender in early modern England; 1. That Shakespearean rag: handkerchiefs and femininity; 2. 'That codpiece ago': codpieces and masculinity in early modern England; 3. 'His Majesty the beard': beards and masculinity; 4. 'The ornament of their sex': hair and gender; Conclusion: detachable parts and the individual.