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The Resource Interpreting ladies : women, wit, and morality in the Restoration comedy of manners, Pat Gill

Interpreting ladies : women, wit, and morality in the Restoration comedy of manners, Pat Gill

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Interpreting ladies : women, wit, and morality in the Restoration comedy of manners
Title
Interpreting ladies
Title remainder
women, wit, and morality in the Restoration comedy of manners
Statement of responsibility
Pat Gill
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Language
eng
Summary
Interpreting Ladies explores the defense by the Restoration comedy of manners of an ideal of aristocratic, conservative, English masculinity against the heavily satirized encroachments of French foppishness and the pretensions of the aspiring merchant class. Using Freud's theory of obscene wit, in which obscene jokes become reassuring testimonies of male privilege, as well as more recent theoretical descriptions of the discursive processes of meaning and desire, Gill considers the position of both the female protagonists and the female spectators in Restoration satire. She sketches the historical events and issues that create the link between morality and rhetoric and that serve to connect each to class and status. Gill posits that the moral indeterminacy and slippage in satiric language is closely linked to male uneasiness about female honesty, and the dramatists' arguments in defense of their satiric treatments of female hypocrisy, duplicity, and sexual desire expose the gap in the moral premise of Restoration comic satire. It is a gap, Gill contends, that has everything to do with women - with female characters and putative female spectators - and it is why she states that "any reading that proposes to account for the equivocal satiric practice of Restoration comedy must therefore of necessity include a feminist critique."
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DLC
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR698.W6
LC item number
G55 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Interpreting ladies : women, wit, and morality in the Restoration comedy of manners, Pat Gill
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-203) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
209 p.
Isbn
9780820316642
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94007584
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29954658
  • (OCoLC)ocm29954658
Label
Interpreting ladies : women, wit, and morality in the Restoration comedy of manners, Pat Gill
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-203) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
209 p.
Isbn
9780820316642
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94007584
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29954658
  • (OCoLC)ocm29954658

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