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Home :: Archive :: 1993 :: September ::
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 527.  Saturday, 4 Sept. 1993.
From:           Edward T Bonahue <
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Date:           Friday, 03 Sep 93 11:56 EDT
Subject:        Prostitutes
A colleague and I are wondering about the dress of prostitutes on
the Shakespearean stage.  In brief, what would the boys playing these
parts have worn?  Would they, for instance, seek to dress like the
prostitutes standing or sitting within a stone's throw of the stage,
i.e., in the audience?  Would such imitation be possible for boys?
Was there a certain mark or convention that could identify a female
character immediately as a prostitute?  Alan Dessen's *Elizabethan
Stage Conventions* doesn't have this, but it seems to me I've read
something on this somewhere.  Does anyone have some sources, either
twentieth-century or early modern?
Thanks tons,
Ed Bonahue
University of North Carolina

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