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PN2582.W65 K67 2011 (Browse shelf) Available ocn794700692



Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Korda (English, Wesleyan Univ.) fills in gaps in recent scholarship concerning work and women in English Renaissance drama, offering a cultural history of the off-stage contributions of women's labor in and around the theaters of London. Arguing that the popular conception of the theater as an all-male enterprise is inaccurate, the author explores the presence of female labor in the epiphenomena of playing--making costumes, gathering admissions, selling concessions to audiences, renting rooms to players--and how the male players and playwrights manifest such work on stage, thus shaping the cultural meaning of women's work. In the second chapter, Korda reads The Merchant of Venice as using icons of accounting to represent female moneylenders, giving a canny reading of props, language, and performance. Subsequent chapters consider immigrant craftswomen (mainly Dutch) who manufactured luxury clothing for the stage, the influence of female street criers, and the link between city comedies and fears of women's wares in a male-dominated market. Korda contexualizes her contentions within the larger arenas of economy, gender construction, and representation, linking drama to other arts--most notably paintings from the period. Overall, a nuanced study, thoroughly documented. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals. K. J. Wetmore Jr. Loyola Marymount University

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Natasha Korda is Professor of English at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Shakespeare's Domestic Economies: Gender and Property in Early Modern England, also available from University of Pennsylvania Press.

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