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By Duncan Salkeld

ISBN-10: 0754663876

ISBN-13: 9780754663874

ISBN-10: 1138252697

ISBN-13: 9781138252691

Courtesans - girls who in achieving wealth, prestige, or strength via sexual transgression - have performed either a important and contradictory function in literature: they've been well-liked, celebrated, feared, and vilified. This research of the courtesan in Renaissance English drama focuses not just at the ethical ambivalence of those girls, yet with distinctive recognition to Anglo-Italian kinfolk, illuminates little recognized facets 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 specially at the presentation of the courtesan within the 16th century - dramas by way of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Lyly view the courtesan as an emblem of social sickness and rot, reworking classical conventions into English prejudices. Renaissance Anglo-Italian cultural and sexual kinfolk also are investigated via comparisons of trip narratives, unique resource fabrics, and research of Aretino's representations of celebrated Italian courtesans. Amid those attention-grabbing stories of aspiration, wish and depression lingers the interesting query of who was once the 'dark girl' of Shakespeare's sonnets.

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