Shakespeare among the courtesans : prostitution, literature, and drama, 1500-1650
Focuses not only on the moral ambivalence of these women, but with attention to Anglo-Italian relations, illuminates little known aspects of their lives. This title traces the courtesan from a stock comedic character in the plays of Terence and Plautus to its literary exhaustion in the seventeenth-century dramatic works of Dekker, and Marston.
Print Book, English, ©2012
Ashgate, Burlington, VT, ©2012
Criticism, interpretation, etc
xiv, 206 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction: Classical and early modern counterparts
English prototypes and the "foul disease"
Travellers and the sex trade in early modern London
In between Renaissance sheets: making contact
Courtesan culture in Kyd, Marlowe and Heywood
Shakespeares, the Clerkenwell madam and Rose Flower
Vanishing tricks: Dekker, Marston, Shakespeare and Middleton