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Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England

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A provocative exploration of gender in the Renaissance, from theatrical cross-dressing to cultural subversion.

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  • Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England (Cambridge University Press) – Hardcover (1996)
    by Professor Stephen Orgel

    Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England

    Hardcover, Cambridge University Press
    1996
    English
    195 pages

    ISBN: 052156056X
    ISBN-13: 9780521560566

    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 ... Show more

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