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This study provides an accessible, informative and entertaining introduction to women’s sexual health as presented on the early modern stage, and how dramatists coded for it. Beginning with the rise of green sickness (the disease of virgins) from its earliest reference in drama in the 1560s, Ursula Potter traces a continuing fascination with the womb by dramatists through to the oxymoron of the chaste sex debate in the 1640s. She illuminates how playwrights both satirized and perpetuated the notion of the womb’s insatiable appetite.
Medieval Institute Publications
Early modern English drama, Renaissance medicine, Religious reform, Gender studies, Shakespeare
Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, British Isles | Modern Languages | Modern Literature | Theatre History | Women's Studies
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Potter, Ursula. The Unruly Womb in Early Modern English Drama: Plotting Women's Biology on the Stage. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2019.