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"Is This Her Fault Or Mine?": An Examination Of The Overregulation Of Sexuality In Measure For Measure As An Argument Against Early Modern Anti-theatricalism

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"Is This Her Fault Or Mine?": An Examination Of The Overregulation Of Sexuality In Measure For Measure As An Argument Against Early Modern Anti-theatricalism

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dc.contributor.author Tesch, Heidi Nicole en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-08-23T01:56:51Z
dc.date.available 2007-08-23T01:56:51Z
dc.date.issued 2007-08-23T01:56:51Z
dc.date.submitted December 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-1563 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/487
dc.description.abstract The early modern anti-theatricalist movement sought to permanently close the playhouses, arguing that theaters breed immorality through their association with prostitution and the female body. This thesis examines how Shakespeare's Measure for Measure reappropriates these symbols in an argument against the anti-theatricalist movement, as the overregulation of sexuality mimics the overregulation of the theater. The first section examines the overregulation of prostitution in early modern society and in the play. The second section looks at the resistance to excessive regulation of female bodies that were portrayed as weak and unable to resist sin. The final section evaluates the theatricality of the play and demonstrates that sexuality in the play is connected to the larger argument against anti-theatricalism. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Tigner, Amy en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher English en_US
dc.title "Is This Her Fault Or Mine?": An Examination Of The Overregulation Of Sexuality In Measure For Measure As An Argument Against Early Modern Anti-theatricalism en_US
dc.type M.A. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Tigner, Amy en_US
dc.degree.department English en_US
dc.degree.discipline English en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. en_US

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