The Resource The bed-trick in English Renaissance drama : explorations in gender, sexuality, and power, Marliss C. Desens

The bed-trick in English Renaissance drama : explorations in gender, sexuality, and power, Marliss C. Desens

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The bed-trick in English Renaissance drama : explorations in gender, sexuality, and power
Title
The bed-trick in English Renaissance drama
Title remainder
explorations in gender, sexuality, and power
Statement of responsibility
Marliss C. Desens
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The Bed-Trick in English Renaissance Drama provides the first detailed examination of this convention
  • While most critical discussions focus exclusively on Shakespeare's use of the bed-trick in Measure for Measure and All's Well That Ends Well, this study, written from a feminist perspective and based on an analysis of more than two hundred and fifty plays, places the bed-trick in its historical and theatrical context in order to challenge widely held critical assumptions about its theatrical history on the English Renaissance stage. It has been considered a comic convention, a mere device to complicate and resolve a plot, or the convention by which unwary men are entrapped into marriage by scheming females
  • None of these assumptions has been tested against the evidence of the surviving plays from the period - an oversight that the present study seeks to remedy
  • After exploring the convention's use in nondramatic Renaissance literature and its emergence on the stage in the 1590s, Marliss Desens examines the sociological and psychological implications of the bed-trick in regard to matters of marriage, male fantasies, and overt violence, thereby decentering the patriarchal perspective from which the convention has traditionally been viewed
  • Critical discussions of this convention, the author argues, have been so dominated by androcentric values that critics, both male and female, have often - consciously or unconsciously - overlooked the violence inherent in the bed-trick. No critical discussions have ever identified rape as lying at the heart of the bed-trick even though the basic action of the bed-trick clearly shows that at least one partner is always physically and emotionally violated. While that partner may have chosen sexual involvement, he or she has not chosen it with the person unwittingly embraced in the dark
  • The bed-trick, by depicting betrayal on the most intimate level, forces us to examine some of our own views on gender, sexuality, and the amount of power any person, whether male or female, may acceptably exercise over another
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DLC
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1956-
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Desens, Marliss C.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR658.D43
LC item number
D47 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English drama
  • Deception in literature
  • English drama
  • Power (Social sciences) in literature
  • Impersonation in literature
  • Sex role in literature
  • Renaissance
  • Beds in literature
  • Sex in literature
  • English drama-history and criticism 1400-1558
  • English drama-history and criticism 1558-1625
  • Power (social sciences) in literature
  • Bedrog
  • Seksueel geweld
  • Toneel
  • Engels
  • Drama
  • Englisch
  • Partnertausch
  • Sexualität
  • Täuschung
  • Drama
  • Sexualität
  • Partnertausch
  • Täuschung
  • Geschichte 1590-1642
  • Beds in literature
  • Deception in literature
  • English drama
  • English drama
  • Impersonation in literature
  • Power (Social sciences) in literature
  • Renaissance
  • Sex in literature
  • Sex role in literature
  • Englisch
  • England
Label
The bed-trick in English Renaissance drama : explorations in gender, sexuality, and power, Marliss C. Desens
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Publication
Note
Based on the author's thesis (Ph.D.--University of California, Los Angeles)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-169) 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
Contents
1. The Bed-Trick in Nondramatic Literature -- 2. The Theatrical Ancestry and Emergence of the Bed-Trick -- 3. The Bed-Trick in Matters of Marriage -- 4. The Bed-Trick as a Manifestation of Male Fantasies -- 5. The Violent Bed-Tricks of Tragicomedy and Tragedy -- Appendix: A Quick Overview of the Bed-Tricks of English Renaissance Drama
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
175 pages
Isbn
9780874134766
Lccn
92050885
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29225325
  • (OCoLC)ocm29225325
Label
The bed-trick in English Renaissance drama : explorations in gender, sexuality, and power, Marliss C. Desens
Publication
Note
Based on the author's thesis (Ph.D.--University of California, Los Angeles)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-169) 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
Contents
1. The Bed-Trick in Nondramatic Literature -- 2. The Theatrical Ancestry and Emergence of the Bed-Trick -- 3. The Bed-Trick in Matters of Marriage -- 4. The Bed-Trick as a Manifestation of Male Fantasies -- 5. The Violent Bed-Tricks of Tragicomedy and Tragedy -- Appendix: A Quick Overview of the Bed-Tricks of English Renaissance Drama
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
175 pages
Isbn
9780874134766
Lccn
92050885
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29225325
  • (OCoLC)ocm29225325

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