Women in the Age of Shakespeare by Theresa D. Kemp

By Theresa D. Kemp

Just like the different entries during this interesting sequence, girls within the Age of Shakespeare indicates the effect of the area William Shakespeare lived in at the worlds he created for the degree, this time via targeting girls within the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras typically and in Shakespeare's works in particular.Women within the Age of Shakespeare explores the traditional and medieval principles that Shakespeare drew upon in growing his nice comedic and tragic heroines. It then appears at how those principles intersected with the lived reports of girls of Shakespeare's time, by way of a detailed examine the most important woman characters in Shakespeare's performs and poems. Later chapters examine how those characters were enacted on degree and in movie, interpreted through critics and students, and re-imagined through writers in our personal time.

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And an equivalent proportion of the poor then and now are single mothers, although the causes of their singleness have shifted. Women today earn only two thirds of what men earn. But women have earned approximately two thirds of men’s wages for the last seven centuries. How is it that such severe economic disparity between women and men persists when the laws have changed so dramatically? (3) Women’s negotiations of not only law but cultural custom and expectations have a significant impact on their actual and individual lived experiences.

Margaret Dakins, later Lady Margaret Hoby, met her first husband, Walter Devereaux (the brother of Elizabeth I’s favorite, Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex) while both were in service to the Earl and Countess of Huntingdon. In her diary, Lady Margaret Hoby reflected back on the various skills in housewifery she learned from the countess, which later enabled her to efficiently run her own country estates. Daughters from the most elite families (and high-ranking families with even higher ambitions) were placed at around the age of ten to fourteen in the royal courts as attendants for female members of the royal family.

And Maureen B. Fant. Women’s Life in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook in Translation. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1992. de Pisan, Christine. The Book of the City of Ladies. Trans. Earl Jeffrey Richards. New York: Persea Books, 1982. ———. Christine’s Vision. Trans. Glenda K. McLeod. New York: Garland, 1993. Plutarch. Shakespeare’s Plutarch; Being a Selection from the Lives in North’s Plutarch which Illustrate Shakespeare’s Plays. Trans. Thomas North. Ed. Walter W. Skeat. London: MacMillan, 1875.

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