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

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ISBN 9780367644345
September 23, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

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 the today’s conversations. In this study, how Shakespeare’s female protagonists and supporting characters respond verbally and physically in Shakespeare’s comedies and sources from which he derived his plays in and around Mediterranean call for a re-examination of women’s roles in Early Modern and contemporary cultures. 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 shed light on how Shakespeare’s audiences might have perceived the 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.

Table of Contents




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




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Artemis Preeshl is a Fulbright Senior Theatre Specialist. An International Acting Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe, she 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.