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Literary Disability Studies

Dissembling Disability in Early Modern English Drama

Authors: Row-Heyveld, Lindsey

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  • Opens up the study of disability in early modern literature 
    Illuminates an important context for understanding a number of vital texts in the early modern English canon
    Reveals the central role that Reformation-era debates about charity played in constructing disability as a category of identity

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About this book

Why do able-bodied characters fake disability in 40 early modern English plays? This book uncovers a previously unexamined theatrical tradition and explores the way counterfeit disability captivated the Renaissance stage. Through detailed case studies of both lesser-known and canonical plays (by Shakespeare, Jonson, Marston, and others), Lindsey Row-Heyveld demonstrates why counterfeit disability proved so useful to early modern playwrights. Changing approaches to almsgiving in the English Reformation led to increasing concerns about feigned disability. The theater capitalized on those concerns, using the counterfeit-disability tradition to explore issues of charity, epistemology, and spectatorship. By illuminating this neglected tradition, this book fills an important gap in both disability history and literary studies, and explores how fears of counterfeit disability created a feedback loop of performance and suspicion. The result is the still-pervasive insistence that even genuinely disabled people must perform in order to, paradoxically, prove the authenticity of their impairments.

About the authors

Lindsey Row-Heyveld is Assistant Professor of English at Luther College in Decorah, USA.  

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Dissembling Disability in Early Modern English Drama

    Pages 1-35

    Row-Heyveld, Lindsey

  • Act the Fool: Antonio’s Revenge and the Conventions of the Counterfeit-Disability Tradition

    Pages 37-62

    Row-Heyveld, Lindsey

  • Double Dissimulation: Counterfeit Disability in Bartholomew Fair

    Pages 63-91

    Row-Heyveld, Lindsey

  • Feminized Disability and Disabled Femininity in Fair Em and The Pilgrim

    Pages 93-133

    Row-Heyveld, Lindsey

  • Rules of Charity: Richard III and the Counterfeit-Disability Tradition

    Pages 135-170

    Row-Heyveld, Lindsey

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eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-92135-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-92134-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-06371-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dissembling Disability in Early Modern English Drama
Authors
Series Title
Literary Disability Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92135-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92135-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92134-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06371-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 244
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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