Staging Domesticity by Wendy Wall
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Staging Domesticity
By Wendy Wall

Staging Domesticity

Household Work and English Identity in Early Modern Drama

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Staging Domesticity by Wendy Wall

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What role does food and cooking play in how people imagine themselves and their communities? In this book Wendy Wall argues that representations of housework in the early modern period helped to forge crucial conceptions of national identity. Rich with a detailed account of household practices in the period, Staging Domesticity reads plays on the London stage in the light of the first printed cookbooks in England. Working from original historical sources on wetnursing, laundering, sewing, medical care and butchery, Wall shows that domesticity was represented as deeply familiar but also enticingly alien. Wall analyses a wide range of the repertoire, including some now little-known plays, as well as key works in the period by Shakespeare and others. Wall concludes that, rather than dramatizations of only court-based and aristocratic domestic life, literature of the period drew on work from the more common household.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521030038
ISBN-10: 052103003X
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 308
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Study Guide by Wendy Wall Study Guide, Paperback (August 2006)

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Staging Domesticity by Wendy Wall Staging Domesticity, Hardback (January 2002)

Interprets plays in light of their representations of domestic life in the early modern period.

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Author Biography - Wendy Wall

Wendy Wall is Associate Professor of English Literature at Northwestern University and a scholar of early modern literature and culture. She is the author of The Imprint of Gender: Authorship and Publication in the English Renaissance (Cornell University Press, 1993) and co-editor of the journal Renaissance Drama. Wall has published widely on print technology, voyeurism, women's writing, poetry, housework, and early modern culture.

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