Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 August 2017

320 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474417716

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Chaste Value

Economic Crisis, Female Chastity and the Production of Social Difference on Shakespeare's Stage

Katherine Gillen

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy

  • Reevaluates early modern drama's engagement with female chastity, situating them within broader anxieties about personal commoditization in early capitalist England.
  • Offers an update/corrective to new economic critical approaches by demonstrating how concerns about personal and economic value shape emerging hierarchies of race, class, gender, and nationality.
  • Uniquely synthesizes current topics of concern in early modern literary studies.
  • Offers innovative readings of seventeen literary works in relation to early modern debates about value, exchange, commoditization, and subjectivity.