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Irregular bodies
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performing disability on the early modern stage
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Williams
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Katherine Schaap
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1983-
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Katherine Williams
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Bartels
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Emily C.
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Emily C. Bartels
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Henry S.
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Elin
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Elin Diamond
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Jonathan Gil
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Jonathan Gil Harris
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Rutgers University
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Graduate School - New Brunswick
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2013
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“Irregular” bodies—described as deformed, foul, ugly, maimed, crooked, limping, sick, and infected—appear everywhere in the English drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. My dissertation asks: what accounts for the theater’s fascination with these bodies, and what, exactly, can “disability” mean on the early modern stage? I read plays by Shakespeare, Dekker, Heywood, Rowley, Jonson, and Middleton (among others), alongside medical manuals, conduct books, and legal codes, to explore how dramatic representations expose the vexed and shifting standards that dictate bodily norms in the period. Drawing upon contemporary work in disability theory, I show how these standards at once constrain and depend upon irregular bodies. I argue that irregular bodies make possible a range of early modern social formations—not only medical knowledge or aesthetic standards of beauty, but also concepts of political power, citizenship, social status, and economic exchange. Theorizing disability through social structures allows us to see how theatrical representations of irregular bodies cut across distinctions—between art and nature, form and matter, public and private—foundational to early modern thought. Bringing disability to the stage, early modern drama highlights the impossible ideals of social order that depend upon excluding irregular bodies and the vibrant re-orderings these bodies elicit.
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Early modern
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Literatures in English
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viii, 240 p.
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Ph.D.
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by Katherine Schaap Williams
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People with disabilities and the performing arts--England--History--16th century
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People with disabilities and the performing arts--England--History--17th century
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Theater--England--History--16th century
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Theater--England--History--17th century
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ETD doctoral
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Williams
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Katherine
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2013-04-15 13:41:36
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I hereby grant to the Rutgers University Libraries and to my school the non-exclusive right to archive, reproduce and distribute my thesis or dissertation, in whole or in part, and/or my abstract, in whole or in part, in and from an electronic format, subject to the release date subsequently stipulated in this submittal form and approved by my school. I represent and stipulate that the thesis or dissertation and its abstract are my original work, that they do not infringe or violate any rights of others, and that I make these grants as the sole owner of the rights to my thesis or dissertation and its abstract. I represent that I have obtained written permissions, when necessary, from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis or dissertation and will supply copies of such upon request by my school. I acknowledge that RU ETD and my school will not distribute my thesis or dissertation or its abstract if, in their reasonable judgment, they believe all such rights have not been secured. I acknowledge that I retain ownership rights to the copyright of my work. I also retain the right to use all or part of this thesis or dissertation in future works, such as articles or books.
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2016-05-27
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2016-12-01
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Access to this PDF has been restricted at the author's request. It will be publicly available on December 1, 2016.
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