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Author Panek, Jennifer.

Title Widows and suitors in early modern English comedy / Jennifer Panek
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (x, 243 pages)
Contents The widow's choice : female remarriage in early modern England -- The widow's threat : domestic government and male anxiety -- The suitor's fantasy : courtship and compensation -- The husband's fear : the lusty widow as wife -- A playwright's response : four Middletonian remarriage plots
Summary The courtship and remarriage of a rich widow was a popular motif in early modern comic theatre. Jennifer Panek brings together a variety of texts, from ballads and jest-books to sermons and court records, to examine the staple widow of comedy in her cultural context
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 222-236) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Courtship in literature.
English drama (Comedy) -- History and criticism.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
Widows in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511228937
0511230559 (electronic bk.)
0511231326 (electronic bk.)
0511483864 (ebook)
0521832713 (hardback)
9780511230554 (electronic bk.)
9780511231322 (electronic bk.)
9780511483868 (ebook)
9780521832717 (hardback)