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Author Rycroft, Eleanor, author

Title Facial hair and the performance of early modern masculinity / Eleanor Rycroft
Published London : Routledge, 2020
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Series Studies in performance and early modern drama
Studies in performance and early modern drama
Contents <P>Introduction; 1. Youth: Beardless boys; 2. Liminal masculinity; 3. Maturity: Lovers and bearded manhood; 4. Old age: Greybeards and the decline of manliness; Afterword: The nest of beards</P>
Summary Facial Hair and the Performance of Early Modern Masculinity is the first full-length critical study to analyse the importance of beards in terms of the theatrical performance of masculinity. According to medical, cultural, and literary discourses of early modern era in England, facial hair marked adult manliness while beardlessness indicated boyhood. Beards were therefore a passport to cultural prerogatives. This book explores this in relation to the early modern stage, a space in which the processes of gender formation in early modern society were writ large, and how the uses of facial hair in the theatre illuminate the operations of power and politics in society more widely. Written for scholars of Early Modern Theatre and Theatre History, this volume anatomises the role of beards in the construction of onstage masculinity, acknowledging the challenges offered to the dominant ideology of manliness by boys and men who misrepresented or failed to fulfil bearded masculine ideals
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Eleanor Rycroft is a lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the University of Bristol. A theatre historian of early English and Scottish drama, her research often involves practical explorations of plays. Recent publications include a co-edited special edition of The Shakespeare Bulletin, as well as book chapters for Oxford University Press, Palgrave, and Ashgate. She has written on material cultures of the early modern stage, theatre at the court of Henry VIII, practice-as-research, and the historical performance of witchcraft
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Subject Beards in literature
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism
Masculinity in literature
Beards in literature.
DRAMA / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan.
Masculinity in literature.
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
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