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Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama

Farah Karim-Cooper


This study examines how the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries dramatise the cultural preoccupation with cosmetics. The author analyses contemporary tracts that address the then-contentious issue of cosmetic practice and identifies a ‘culture of cosmetics’, which finds its visual identity on the Renaissance stage. She also examines cosmetic recipes and their relationship to drama, as well as to the construction of early modern identities.

Keywords: Shakespeare, cosmetics, Renaissance, early modern identities, plays, cultural preoccupation, cosmetic recipes, cosmetic practice, culture of cosmetics, visual identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748619931
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619931.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Farah Karim-Cooper, author