By Duncan Salkeld

ISBN-10: 0754663876

ISBN-13: 9780754663874

ISBN-10: 1138252697

ISBN-13: 9781138252691

Courtesans - ladies who in attaining wealth, prestige, or strength via sexual transgression - have performed either a relevant and contradictory position in literature: they've been fashionable, celebrated, feared, and vilified. This learn of the courtesan in Renaissance English drama focuses not just at the ethical ambivalence of those girls, yet with certain realization to Anglo-Italian relatives, illuminates little identified elements in their lives. It lines the courtesan from a wry comedic personality within the performs of Terence and Plautus to its literary exhaustion within the seventeenth-century dramatic works of Dekker, Marston, Webster, Middleton, Shirley and Brome. the writer focuses in particular at the presentation of the courtesan within the 16th century - dramas via Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Lyly view the courtesan as a logo of social disorder and rot, remodeling classical conventions into English prejudices. Renaissance Anglo-Italian cultural and sexual relatives also are investigated via comparisons of go back and forth narratives, unique resource fabrics, and research of Aretino's representations of celebrated Italian courtesans. Amid those attention-grabbing stories of aspiration, wish and melancholy lingers the fascinating query of who was once the 'dark girl' of Shakespeare's sonnets.

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