Coyness and Crime in Restoration Comedy: Women's Desire, Deception, and Agency

Coyness and Crime in Restoration Comedy: Women's Desire, Deception, and Agency

Coyness and Crime examines the extraordinary focus on feminine coyness in forty English comedies by ten diverse playwrights of the late seventeenth-century. In contexts ranging from reaffirmations of church and king to emerging interests in liberty and novelty, these plays consistently reveal women caught in an ironic and nearly intractable convergence of objectification and culpability that allows them little innocent sexual agency; this is both the source and the… (more)

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Publisher: Bucknell University Press (November 25, 2011)

Collection: Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650–1850

Parent ISBN: 9781611483727

Page count: 202 pages

Language: English


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