Brown, Pamela Allen.

Better a shrew than a sheep : women, drama, and the culture of jest in early modern England / Pamela Allen Brown. - Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2003. - xi, 263 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-253) and index.

Introduction : sauce for the gander -- Near neighbors, women's wars, and merry wives -- Ale and female : gossips as players, alehouse as theater -- Between women, or, All is fair at horn fair -- "O such a rogue would be hang'd!" shrews versus wife beaters -- Scandalous pleasures : a coney-catcher and her public -- Griselda the fool -- Epilogue : the problem of fun.

0801440246 (cloth : alk. paper) 0801488362 (pbk. : alk. paper)


English drama--History and criticism.--Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600
English drama--History and criticism.--17th century
English drama (Comedy)--History and criticism.
English wit and humor--History and criticism.
Women and literature--History--England--16th century.
Women and literature--History--England--17th century.
Jestbooks, English--History.
Comic, The, in literature.
Sex role in literature.
Women in literature.

PR658.W6 / .B76 2003

822/.309352042

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