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Chaste Value : Economic Crisis, Female Chastity and the Production of Social Difference on Shakespeare's
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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. Through chastity discourse, the stage disrupts pre-capitalist ideas of intrinsic value while also reallocating such value according to emerging hierarchies of gender, race, class, and nationality. Chastity, therefore, emerges as a central category within early articulations of humanity, determining who possesses intrinsic value and, conversely, whose bodies and labor can be incorporated into market exchange.
Number of Pages: 310
Genre: Literary Criticism
Series Title: Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy
Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr
Author: Katherine Gillen
Street Date: August 1, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-48-7500
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