This is an analysis of sexual themes in the plays of Beaumont and Fletcher, both in the context of the Jacobean theatre and in the light of modern readings of sexuality and gender during the English Renaissance. Sandra Clark challenges commonly-held perceptions of Beaumont and Fletcher's work. The book is intended for undergraduate and graduate courses on Renaissance literature, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, tragicomedy, gender and genre in the Renaissance.
Table of Contents
1. The Beaumont and Fletcher Partnership: Reputation and Collaboration 2. The Price of Virtue: Chastity Plays 3. Gender 4. Misogyny and Manhood 5. Sex and Tyranny 6. Courtship and Marriage in the Comedies 7. Conclusion.
Sandra Clark is Professor Emerita of Renaissance Literature at the Institute of English Studies, at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London.