Comedy, Youth, Manhood in Early Modern England
University of Delaware Press, 2003 - 170 páginas
This book examines from a social and historical perspective comic Renaissance stage representations of the conflicting imperatives young men faced in order to win manhood. Its chapters focus on the importance of marriage as entry to manhood, on satires of academies of conduct with eulogies of plays as models of conduct, on the plight of younger brothers forced to seek support because the family's resources were willed to the elder, on their fantasy of gaining manhood by marrying a wealthy, sexy widow, and on their real dilemma over choosing whether or not to duel when both attractions and dissuasions remained entangled and conflicted. The book reads Tudor-Stuart comedies in order to illuminate the problems and promises of achieving manhood because comedies permit public scrutiny of what might seem inhibitingly painful or irresoluble and of nuances that might go unregistered by the data and contemporary documents employed in social and gender histories. Ira Clark is Professor of English at the University of Florida.
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The Place of Academies of Conduct
A little academe Still and contemplative in living art
Acomedy for courtly qualities that are to be had for money
The Authentick witt that made Blackfriers an academy
The Plight of Younger Brothers
We shall ha thee after thou hast beene but a moneth marryed to one of hem looke like the quartane agueShell ha conueyd her state safe enough from...
I thank thee for my wife
The Dilemma of Dueling
The Book of Honour And Armes Dvellease A Worde with Valiant Spiritts Shewing the abuse of Duells Paradoxes Of Defence
A Fair Quarrel?
Staging the Making of a Man
The state of younger brothers is of all stations for gentlemen most miserable His Father taskes him to bee a Gentleman and leaues him nothing to mai...
Tis here tis almost forgd which if it take The world shall praise my wit admire my fate
The Thrill of the Widow Hunt
It is money that I want why should I not marry the money?
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