Chastity in Early Stuart Literature and Culture

Chastity in Early Stuart Literature and Culture

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Bonnie Lander Johnson
Cambridge University Press, 11/26/2015
EAN 9781107130128, ISBN10: 1107130123

Hardcover, 201 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

In this book, Bonnie Lander Johnson explores early modern ideas of chastity, demonstrating how crucial early Stuart thinking on chastity was to political, medical, theological and moral debates, and that it was also a virtue that governed the construction of different literary genres. Drawing on a range of materials, from prose to theatre, theological controversy to legal trials, and court ceremonies - including royal birthing rituals - Lander Johnson unearths previously unrecognised opinions about chastity. She reveals that early Stuart theatrical and court ceremonies were part of the same political debate as prose pamphlets and religious sermons. The volume also offers new readings of Milton's Comus, Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Henrietta Maria's queenship and John Ford's plays. It will appeal to scholars of early modern literature, theatre, political, medical and cultural history, and gender studies.

1. Unchastity in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Caroline court performance and theological dispute
2. Chastity, medical controversy and the theatre of John Ford
3. Chastity, William Harvey's demonstrations and court ceremony
4. Marian chastity
Caroline masques and Henrietta Maria's chaste births
5. Protestant chastity
the language of resistance in Milton's 'A Maske' and A Maske