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Author Cook, Ann Jennalie, 1934-2017.

Title Making a Match : Courtship in Shakespeare and His Society
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (283 pages)
Series Princeton Legacy Library
Princeton legacy library.
Contents Acknowledgments ; CHAPTER I; Once upon a Time; CHAPTER II; The Age of Marriageability; CHAPTER III; The Social Status of Prospective Partners; CHAPTER IV; Parental Authority and Personal Affection; CHAPTER V; Agents and Go-Betweens; CHAPTER VI; Dowries and Jointures; CHAPTER VII; Formal Proposals, Public Contracts, and Proper Weddings; CHAPTER VIII; Secret Promises and Elopements, Broken Contracts and Divorces; CHAPTER IX; Courtship and Politics; CHAPTER X; Happily Ever After?; Appendixes ; Age at First Marriage; List of Play Titles and Abbreviations; Index
Summary Making a Match examines the various options posed at every stage of English wooing, together with the presentation of these protocols in the plays of Shakespeare. Across the canon, wooing may command either a casual reference or a central position in the action, but no play escapes a connection of some kind. Instead of taking a fixed position on an institution intended to stabilize the commonwealth, Shakespeare constantly shifts position, in a kaleidoscope of caricature, criticism, acceptance, subversion, or indifference. For general readers and specialists alike, this work supplies
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Knowledge -- Social life and customs.
Courtship in literature.
Courtship -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400861756 (electronic bk)
9781400861750 (electronic bk)