1st Edition

Consent in Shakespeare What Women Do and Don’t Say and Do in Shakespeare’s Mediterranean Comedies and Origin Stories

By Artemis Preeshl Copyright 2022
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    By examining how female characters speak and act during coming of age, engagement, marriage, and intimacy, Consent in Shakespeare will enhance understanding about how and why women spoke, remained silent, or acted as they did in relation to their intimate partners in Early Modern and contemporary private and public situations in and around the Mediterranean.

    Consent in intimate relationships is front and center in today’s conversations. This book re-examines the verbal and physical interactions of female-identified characters in Early Modern and contemporary cultures in Shakespeare’s Mediterranean comedies and the sources from which he derived his plays. This re-examination of the words that women say or do not say, and actions that women do or do not take, in Shakespeare’s Mediterranean plays and his probable sources sheds light on how Shakespeare’s audiences might have perceived Mediterranean cultural mores and norms. Assessment of source materials for Shakespeare’s comedies set in the Balkans, France, Italy, the Near East, North Africa, and Spain suggests how women of diverse backgrounds communicated in everyday life and peak life experiences in the Early Modern era.

    Given Shakespeare’s impact worldwide, this initiative to shift the conversation about the power of consent of female protagonists and supporting characters in Shakespeare’s Mediterranean plays will further transform conversations about consent in class, board and conference rooms, and the international stage.




    1 Commodified Cates: Consent, Class, and Agency on the Marriage Market

    2 Triangulating The Two Gentlemen: Maids Enable Gender Expression in Love

    3 The Merchants of Love: White Privilege Shades Justice

    4 Much Ado About Maidens: Women Restore Women to Society

    5 Trussed Night: Expressing Gender Preferred, But Not Required, in Agency

    6 All’s Well on Love’s Pilgrimage: Boundary Crossings between the Sheets

    7 Measuring Consent: The Consequences of "Yes," "No," and "No, but…"

    8 Women Around Othello: Status and the Race Card in Intimate Partner Violence

    9 Tempestuous Powers: Gendered Relations Breed Agency in Unceded Land





    Artemis Preeshl is a Fulbright Senior Theatre Specialist. An International Acting Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe, she has directed and performed in half of Shakespeare’s canon. She has taught voice, acting, movement and directing on five continents and on faculty at Loyola University New Orleans and Elon University.