Entitled ‘Talking Legs in the English Renaissance: shifting concepts of masculinity in Tudor and Stuart England, 1550-1700’, my thesis focuses on representations of the male body in drama, literature, fashion, portraiture, conduct books, pamphlets, and on the barber surgeon’s table. Within this broad field, I chose to work specifically on legs, an important site of gender differentiation in the early modern period that allows for a very novel approach to the study of the early modern body.
The aim of my research is to redefine the meaning of masculinity, manhood, and effeminacy in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, and therefore to paint a more complete picture of society and of gender relations in pre-modern England.
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Talking Legs in the English Renaissance: shifting concepts of masculinity in Tudor and Stuart EnglandAuthor: Mari, G., 1 Mar 2019
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy