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Sex Ratio of Shakespeare's Audience
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2164  Tuesday, 11 November 2003

[1]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Nov 2003 16:21:01 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2149 Sex Ratio of Shakespeare's Audience

[2]     From:   Holger Schott <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Nov 2003 14:03:57 -0500
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[3]     From:   Andy Jones <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Nov 2003 20:16:33 -0400
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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Nov 2003 16:21:01 +0000
Subject: 14.2149 Sex Ratio of Shakespeare's Audience
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2149 Sex Ratio of Shakespeare's Audience

David Cohen asked:

>Does anyone know what percentage of the typical Globegoer was male vs.
>female?

But to the girdle do the gods inherit. The rest is all the fiend's.

Dana Shilling

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From:           Holger Schott <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Nov 2003 14:03:57 -0500
Subject: 14.2149 Sex Ratio of Shakespeare's Audience
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2149 Sex Ratio of Shakespeare's Audience

David Cohen asked:

>Does anyone know what percentage of the typical Globegoer was male vs.
>female?

No. Either Andrew Gurr, _Playgoing in Shakespeare's London_ (2nd ed.,
CUP 1996) or Ann Jennalie Cook, _The Privileged Playgoers of
Shakespeare's London, 1576-1642_ (Princeton UP, 1981) might speculate on
the matter, and Jean Howard has written interestingly on female
spectators in "Women as Spectators, Spectacles, and Paying Customers"
(in David Scott Kastan & Peter Stallybrass, eds., _Staging the
Renaissance_, Routledge 1991, 68-75), but there is simply not enough
evidence to make any serious claims about numbers or ratios.

Best,
Holger

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From:           Andy Jones <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Nov 2003 20:16:33 -0400
Subject: 14.2149 Sex Ratio of Shakespeare's Audience
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2149 Sex Ratio of Shakespeare's Audience

David Cohen <
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>Does anyone know what percentage of the typical Globegoer was male vs.
>female?

She was 100% female.

Andy Jones

(Sorry)

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