Widows And Suitors In Early Modern English Comedy by Jennifer PanekWidows And Suitors In Early Modern English Comedy by Jennifer Panek

Widows And Suitors In Early Modern English Comedy

byJennifer Panek

Paperback | May 7, 2007

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The courtship and remarriage of a rich widow was a popular motif in early modern comic theatre. Jennifer Panek brings together a variety of texts, from ballads and jest-books to sermons and court records, to examine this staple of comic theatre in its cultural context. She persuasively challenges the stereotype of the lusty widow as a tactic to dissuade women from second marriages, arguing instead that it was deployed to enable her suitors to regain their masculinity, under threat from the dominant, wealthier widow.
Jennifer Panek is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Ottawa.
Title:Widows And Suitors In Early Modern English ComedyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:May 7, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521036623

ISBN - 13:9780521036627

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; A note on texts; Introduction; 1. The widow's choice: female remarriage in early modern England; 2. The widow's threat: domestic government and male anxiety; 3. The suitor's fantasy: courtship and compensation; 4. The husband's fear: the lusty widow as wife; 5. A playwright's response: four Middletonian remarriage plots; Notes; Works cited; Index.

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"instructive and entertaining...This account of the myths surrounding widowhood and remarriage in the period's comedies offers valuable insights into the connections between age, sexuality, economics, and identity. Thoughtful and well-written, Panek's book will repay the attention of any reader with even the least interest in the subject." - Renaissance Quarterly Linda Anderson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University