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The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Sisters: Gender, Transgression, Adolescence

Jennifer Higginbotham


The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Sisters argues for a paradigm shift in our current conceptions of the early modern sex-gender system in England, challenging the widespread assumption that the category of the ‘girl’ played little or no role in the construction of gender in early modern English culture. Girl characters appeared in a variety of texts, from female infants in Shakespeare’s late romances to little children in Tudor interludes to adult “roaring girls” in city comedies, and this monograph offers the first book-length study of the way the literature and drama of the sixteenth and sevente ... More

Keywords: Girls, Girlhood, Early Modern England, Gender, Sex, Shakespeare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748655908
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748655908.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Higginbotham, author