Widows and Suitors in Early Modern English Comedy by Jennifer Panek
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Widows and Suitors in Early Modern English Comedy
By Jennifer Panek

Widows and Suitors in Early Modern English Comedy

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Widows and Suitors in Early Modern English Comedy by Jennifer Panek

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The courtship and remarriage of a rich widow was a popular motif in early modern comic theatre. Jennifer Panek brings together a wide variety of texts, from ballads and jest-books to sermons and court records, to examine the staple widow of comedy in her cultural context and to examine early modern attitudes to remarriage. She persuasively challenges the critical tendency to see the stereotype of the lusty widow as a tactic to dissuade women from second marriages, arguing instead that it was deployed to enable her suitors to regain their masculinity, under threat from the dominant, wealthier widow. The theatre, as demonstrated by Middleton, Dekker, Beaumont and Fletcher and others, was the prime purveyor of a fantasy in which a young man's sexual mastery of a widow allowed him to seize the economic opportunity she offered.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521036627
ISBN-10: 0521036623
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Jennifer Panek examines the early modern character of the lusty widow in her cultural context.

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Author Biography - Jennifer Panek

Jennifer Panek is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Ottawa.

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