Union Bridge Books

Old, Bold and Won’t Be Told

Old, Bold and Won’t Be Told

Shakespeare’s Amazing Ageing Ladies

A lively exploration of ageing women in Shakespeare’s day – onstage and off.

Old women in Early Modern plays are stereotypically presented as ugly, randy, mouthy, mad.  So Shakespeare is rare among dramatists of the day for his lively and empowering depictions of ageing ladies. This well-researched, accessible book looks at the way his old women subvert the stereotypes. There is particular focus on Paulina in The Winter’s Tale as a uniquely powerful old woman.

A lively exploration of ageing women in Shakespeare’s day – onstage and off.

Yvonne Oram has worked as a journalist and teacher, with an interest in Elizabethan and Jacobean history and drama. www.yvonneoram.com

Introduction; Part 1 Early Modern Women Onstage and Off; Old Women Onstage – Not a Pretty Sight?; Old Women Offstage – Out and About; ‘Her Indoors’; Part 2 Dramatic Stereotypes of the Old Woman; Loyal and Loving; Embarrassing and Bawdy; Disobedient and Dangerous; Power-mad and Passionate; Part 3 Shakespeare’s Subversion of the Stereotypes; Wayward Wives; Much-Maligned Mothers; ‘Egypt’s Widow’; Part 4 Paulina’s Power; Conclusion; Bibliography

Imprint
Union Bridge Books
Publisher
Union Bridge Books
Language
English
Product Format
Paperback
Dimensions
8.5 x 5.5
Weight
1 gram
Publication Date
1 Jun 2013
Number of Pages
146
ISBN
9780857282033
Product Format
EPUB
Publication Date
15 Jun 2013
Number of Pages
146
ISBN
9780857282156
Product Format
PDF
Publication Date
15 Jun 2013
Number of Pages
146
ISBN
9780857282095
Product Format
MobiPocket
Publication Date
15 Jun 2013
Number of Pages
146
ISBN
9780857282217