Courtesans and Cuckolds: A Glossary of Renaissance Dramatic Bawdy

1st Edition

James T. Henke

Published September 25, 2018
Reference - 366 Pages
ISBN 9780415787437 - CAT# Y319095
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Renaissance Drama

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This title, first published in 1979, is a glossary of the bawdy vocabulary that was used in Renaissance Drama. One of the primary functions of this gloss of literary bawdy is to interpret imaginative uses of the language rather than simply record the generally accepted uses and meanings, with its principal task to make the dialogue of the plays more intelligible to the reader. With examples of bawdy language used in the works of Shakespeare, Ben Jonson and John Webster amongst many others, this title will be of great interest to students of literature and performance studies.


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