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Orange Women, Female Spectators, and Roaring Girls: Women and Theater

Wynne-Davies, M (2009) Orange Women, Female Spectators, and Roaring Girls: Women and Theater Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, 22. 19 - 26. ISSN 0731-3403

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Abstract

The author introduces articles in the symposium "Women and Theater" in "Medieval and Renaissance Drama," describing the primary types of women who attended the theater in early modern England and how they were represented on stage. Orange-women and others sold their wares to audiences. Mary Frith dressed as a man, moved among the audiences, and was represented in Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton's "The Roaring Girl." Female spectators were represented to be attending to experience illicit sexual encounters, as well as other reasons besides actually seeing the play. The convergence seems to lie in the middle and lower class status of all the women represented.

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Additional Information: This is an electornic version of an article published as Wynne-Davies M. (2009). Orange Women, Female Spectators, and Roaring Girls: Women and Theater Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 22:19-26 . Available online at: http://inside.fdu.edu/fdupress/070819mardie.html
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > English and Languages > English
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 09:38
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:13
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/212546

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