Eroticism on the Renaissance Stage : Transcendence, Desire, and the Limits of the Visible (Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature & Culture)

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Eroticism on the Renaissance Stage : Transcendence, Desire, and the Limits of the Visible (Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature & Culture)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 194 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521623797
  • DDC分類 822.3093538

基本説明

Explores the paradoxes of eroticism in early modern English drama, where women and their bodies were materially absent and yet symbolically central.

Full Description


In this 1998 book, Celia Daileader explores the paradoxes of eroticism on the stage in early modern England, where women and their bodies (represented by boy actors) were materially absent and yet symbolically central. Her starting point is the theoretical and theatrical problem of sexual acts that take place offstage, which is a paradigm for the limits of the visible in Renaissance theatre. The space that lies offstage becomes an imaginary realm, encompassing both spiritual and erotic transcendence. In accounting for its power, Daileader looks to the suppression of religious drama in England and the resulting secularization of the stage. Focusing on the link between absence and desire, and discussing a wide range of drama from Corpus Christi plays to Shakespeare, her argument draws together questions about sexuality and the sacred, in the bodies - of Christ and of woman - that are banished from the early modern English stage.

Table of Contents

        List of illustrations                      x  (1)
Acknowledgments xi
1 Entrances: sex, women, God 1 (22)
2 Offstage sex and female desire 23 (28)
I Middleton: silence and sound 25 (10)
II Shakespeare: balconies and beds 35 (16)
3 Body beneath / body beyond 51 (28)
I Women in breeches: The Tamer Tamed 53 (12)
II Breaching Ursula's booth: exteriors, 65 (14)
interiors, posteriors
4 (Off)Staging the sacred 79 (28)
I Blood and alabaster: The Duchess of 81 (11)
Malfi
II Sex and the crucifix: The Lady's 92 (15)
Tragedy
5 Obscene and unseen 107(25)
I Middleton: naming of parts 111(9)
II Shakespeare: name of the father 120(12)
6 Ejaculations and conclusions: toward an 132(11)
erotic theoretics
Appendix 1 143(12)
Appendix 2 155(4)
Notes 159(32)
Index 191