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Making a Match: Courtship in Shakespeare and His Society

Ann Jennalie Cook

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ISBN 10: 0691068429 / ISBN 13: 9780691068428
Published by Princeton University Press, Princeton, N. J., 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Making a Match: Courtship in Shakespeare and...

Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton, N. J.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Making a Match examines the various options posed at every stage of English wooing, together with the presentation of these protocols in the plays of Shakespeare. Across the canon, wooing may command either a casual reference or a central position in the action, but no play escapes a connection of some kind. Instead of taking a fixed position on an institution intended to stabilize the commonwealth, Shakespeare constantly shifts position, in a kaleidoscope of caricature, criticism, acceptance, subversion, or indifference. For general readers and specialists alike, this work supplies a rich understanding of the codes so familiar to the playwright and his audience--an understanding essential for an appreciation of the subtleties of his art. Delving into primary sources, social history, demography, and literary criticism, the author offers the widest possible range of both Renaissance and modern views on the most crucial experience of Elizabethan culture. Besides correcting or illuminating the interpretations of Shakespeareans, this book offers valuable material for any area of research on the English Renaissance that touches on courtship.

Originally published in 1991.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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In this scholarly and thoroughly engrossing book, Cook examines the system of courtship in Elizabethan and Jacobean society and analyzes how Shakespeare incorporates this system--and also deviates from it--in his plays. Cook has read very widely in primary documents, and she discusses topics such as the age of marriageability, the importance of social status, the role played by friends, parents, and outsiders in arranging a match, how marriage served political functions, and more. Her welcome conclusion is that Shakespeare is unpredictable and continually shifts the expected pattern; his "only consistency in treating the subect in his inconsistency." All Shakespeareans, professional and amateur, as well as cultural historians, will welcome this wide-ranging study.
- Bryan Aubrey, Fairfield, Ia.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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