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Chaste ValueEconomic Crisis, Female Chastity and the Production of Social Difference on Shakespeare's Stage$
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Katherine Gillen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474417716

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417716.001.0001

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Coda: Approaching Capitalist Modernity

Coda: Approaching Capitalist Modernity

(p.297) Coda: Approaching Capitalist Modernity
Chaste Value

Katherine Gillen

Edinburgh University Press

The coda argues that, in its use of chastity to explore questions of value, subjectivity and commoditisation, the early modern theatre anticipates many foundational aspects of modernity, including the rise of economic subjectivity, liberal individualism, and white supremacy. While early modern plays often align with this largely oppressive epistemological regime, they also offer compelling alternatives. In closing, the coda looks to Marina in Shakespeare’s Pericles as a model that legitimates the personhood of those who must sell their bodies and labour to survive in a market economy.

Keywords:   Chastity, liberalism, Shakespeare’s Pericles

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