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Chaste Value: Economic Crisis, Female Chastity and the Production of Social Difference on Shakespeare's Stage

Katherine Gillen


Chaste Value reassesses chastity’s significance in early modern drama, arguing that presentations of chastity inform the stage’s production of early capitalist subjectivity and social difference. Plays invoke chastity—itself a quasi-commodity—to interrogate the relationship between personal and economic value. The economic imagery surrounding chastity ranges from romantic evocations of treasure to more quotidian references to usury, counterfeiting, and commodity exchange. Attending to such discourse in late Elizabethan and Jacobean plays, Chaste Value argues that representations of chastity (m ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, early modern drama, chastity, economics, race, gender, social difference, value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474417716
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Gillen, author