Why was England the only country in Europe to maintain an all-male public theatre 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. Why were boys used to play female roles in drama, and how did such cross-dressing impact on the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries? What was the place of women in the Renaissance theatre, either on the stage or in the audience? And what did society make of ...

Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England 1996, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780521568425

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Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England 1996, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England

ISBN-13: 9780521560566

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