By Gordon Williams

This ebook investigates how the sexual aspect in Shakespeare's works is complex and compromised via the effect of print. even if the problem is one in every of censorship and evasion or sexual redefinition, the truth that Shakespeare wrote within the first century of renowned print is essential. Out of the newly-accessible classical canon he creates a reconstituted concept of the sexual temptress; and out of the Counter-Reformation propaganda he models his personal complicated pondering the prostitute. Shakespeare's theatrical scripts, meeting-ground fro the spoken and written notice, give a contribution powerfully to these socio-sexual debates which have been re-energized via print.

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