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- DescriptionPoor women do t fit easily into the household in Shakespeare. They shift in and out of marriages, households, and employments, carrying messages, tallying bills, and making things happen; never the main character but always evoking the ever-present problem of female poverty in early modern England. Like the illegal farthings that carried their likenesses, poor women both did and did t fit into the household and marriage market. They were both essential to and excluded from the ecomy. They are both present and absent on the early modern stage. In the drama, they circulate between plots, essential because they are so mobile, but largely unticed because of their mobility. These female characters represent an exploration of gender and ecomic roles at the bottom, as England shifted from feudalism to empire in the span of Shakespeare's lifetime. We find their dramas played out in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
- Author BiographyFiona McNeill is a former professor and private book developer and holds a PhD on the subject of Shakespeare. She is the author of Ten Steps to an A.
- Author(s)Fiona McNeill
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication22/02/2007
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note6 b/w illus. 1 table
- Weight570 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine21 mm
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