Queering Childhood in Early Modern English Drama and Culture

Editors: Higginbotham, Jennifer, Johnston, Mark Albert (Eds.)

  • Brings together queer theory and childhood studies to illuminate our understanding of early modern drama and its various cultural contexts
  • Encourages new interactions with historical and political debates over the role and significance of children in queer history, and the place of queerness in children’s history
  • Insists on the centrality of queer theory to an understanding of early modern childhood  
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This volume analyzes early modern cultural representations of children and childhood through the literature and drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Contributors include leading international scholars of the English Renaissance whose essays consider asexuals and sodomites, roaring girls and schoolboys, precocious princes and raucous tomboys, boy actors and female apprentices, while discussing a broad array of topics, from animal studies to performance theory, from queer time to queer fat, from teaching strategies to casting choices, and from metamorphic sex changes to rape and cannibalism. The collection interrogates the cultural and historical contingencies of childhood in an effort to expose, theorize, historicize, and explicate the spectacular queerness of early modern dramatic depictions of children.

About the authors

Jennifer Higginbotham is Associate Professor of English at the Ohio State University, USA. Her book, The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Sisters: Gender, Transgression, Adolescence, was published in 2013. Her scholarly articles on early modern girlhood, drama, and women’s writing have appeared in the journals Modern Philology, Reformation, Literature Compass, and Sixteenth-Century Journal as well as the collections The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays (2014) and The Politics of Female Alliance in Early Modern England (2017).

Mark Albert Johnston is Associate Professor of English at the University of Windsor, CA. His book, Beard Fetish in Early Modern England: Sex, Gender, and Registers of Value was published in 2011 and again in 2016. His essays have appeared in English Literary History, Studies in English Literature, English Literary Renaissance, and Modern Philology, and in the collections Masculinity and the Metropolis of Vice: London 1550-1650 (Palgrave, 2010), and Thunder at a Playhouse: Essaying Shakespeare and the Early Modern Stage (2010). 


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Queer(ing) Children and Childhood in Early Modern English Drama and Culture

    Higginbotham, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 1-30

  • Asexuality, Queer Chastity, and Adolescence in Early Modern Literature

    Chess, Simone

    Pages 31-55

  • “I Had Peopled Else”: Shakespeare’s Queer Natalities and the Reproduction of Race

    Chakravarty, Urvashi

    Pages 57-78

  • Queer Time and “Sideways Growth” in The Roaring Girl

    Welshans, Melissa

    Pages 79-98

  • Playing the Early Modern Tomboy

    Higginbotham, Jennifer

    Pages 99-116

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Hardcover $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-72768-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Queering Childhood in Early Modern English Drama and Culture
Editors
  • Jennifer Higginbotham
  • Mark Albert Johnston
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72769-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72769-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72768-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 281
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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