Comedy, Youth, Manhood in Early Modern England

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University of Delaware Press, 2003 - Počet stran: 170
This book examines from a social and historical perspective comic Renaissance stage representations of the conflicting imperatives young men faced in order to win manhood. Its chapters focus on the importance of marriage as entry to manhood, on satires of academies of conduct with eulogies of plays as models of conduct, on the plight of younger brothers forced to seek support because the family's resources were willed to the elder, on their fantasy of gaining manhood by marrying a wealthy, sexy widow, and on their real dilemma over choosing whether or not to duel when both attractions and dissuasions remained entangled and conflicted. The book reads Tudor-Stuart comedies in order to illuminate the problems and promises of achieving manhood because comedies permit public scrutiny of what might seem inhibitingly painful or irresoluble and of nuances that might go unregistered by the data and contemporary documents employed in social and gender histories. Ira Clark is Professor of English at the University of Florida.

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Making a Match and Manhood
11
The process of marital ceremony converted men into householders and women into housekeepers It made lads into masters and maids into dames
16
I have thrust myself into this mazeHappily to wive and thrive as best I may
19
The Place of Academies of Conduct
29
A little academe Still and contemplative in living art
32
Acomedy for courtly qualities that are to be had for money
35
The Authentick witt that made Blackfriers an academy
46
The Plight of Younger Brothers
55
We shall ha thee after thou hast beene but a moneth marryed to one of hem looke like the quartane agueShell ha conueyd her state safe enough from...
97
I thank thee for my wife
100
The Dilemma of Dueling
103
The Book of Honour And Armes Dvellease A Worde with Valiant Spiritts Shewing the abuse of Duells Paradoxes Of Defence
107
A Fair Quarrel?
121
Staging the Making of a Man
137
Notes
141
Works Cited
155

The state of younger brothers is of all stations for gentlemen most miserable His Father taskes him to bee a Gentleman and leaues him nothing to mai...
56
Tis here tis almost forgd which if it take The world shall praise my wit admire my fate
65
The Thrill of the Widow Hunt
86
It is money that I want why should I not marry the money?
90
Secondary
159
Index
165
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Strana 16 - I would, there were no age between ten and three-and-twenty ; or that youth would sleep out the rest: for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting.
Strana 60 - Smith, they be made good cheap in this kingdom : for whosoever studieth the laws of the realm, who studieth in the universities, who professeth the liberal sciences, and, to be short, who can live idly and without manual labour, and will bear the port, charge, and countenance of a gentleman, he shall be called master, and shall be taken for a gentleman.
Strana 46 - Academy, where the three howers spectacle while Beaumont and Fletcher were presented, were usually of more advantage to the hopefull young Heire, then a costly, dangerous, forraigne Travell, with the assistance of a governing Mounsieur, or Signior to boot...
Strana 35 - O, this is no true grammar, And as ill logic ! You must render causes, child, Your first and second intentions, know your canons And your divisions, moods, degrees, and differences, Your predicaments, substance, and accident, Series extern and intern, with their causes, Efficient, material, formal, final, And ha
Strana 57 - Then he may demise as much as he thinks good to his younger children, but such a fever hectic hath custom brought in and inured amongst fathers, and such fond desire they have to leave a great show of the stock of their house, though the branches be withered, that they will not do it, but my elder brother forsooth must be my master. He must have all...
Strana 126 - So careful of my eternity, which consists Of upright actions, that unless I knew It were a truth I stood for, any coward Might make my breast his foot-pace : and who lives That can assure the truth of his conception, i The name of a small piece of artillery.
Strana 52 - Jt is not pould'ring, perfuming, and euery day smelling of the taylor, that conuerteth to a beautiful obiect : but a mind, shining through any sute, which 15 needes no false light either of riches, or honors to helpe it.
Strana 27 - To understand laughter, we must put it back into its natural environment, which is society, and above all must we determine the utility of its function, which is a social one.
Strana 60 - Whosoever studieth the laws of the realm, whoso abideth in the university giving his mind to his book, or professeth physic and the liberal sciences...

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