Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood

  • Deanne Williams

Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Girls Included!

    1. Deanne Williams
      Pages 1-17
  3. Shakespeare’s Girls

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Deanne Williams
      Pages 21-51
    3. Deanne Williams
      Pages 52-72
    4. Deanne Williams
      Pages 73-91
    5. Deanne Williams
      Pages 92-124
  4. Stages of Girlhood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Deanne Williams
      Pages 127-148
    3. Deanne Williams
      Pages 149-169
  5. Writing Girls

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Deanne Williams
      Pages 173-188
    3. Deanne Williams
      Pages 189-207
  6. Conclusion: Girlhood After Shakespeare’s Heroines

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-277

About this book


This is the first scholarly study devoted to Shakespeare's girl characters and conceptions of girlhood. It charts the development of Shakespeare's treatment of the girl as a dramatic and literary figure, and explores the impact of Shakespeare's girl characters on the history of early modern girls as performers, patrons, and authors.


concept dancing drama France history history of literature knowledge patrons performance play William Shakespeare

Authors and affiliations

  • Deanne Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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