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This 27-page PDF from Pre-1770 Drama explores two key thematic preoccupations of Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatists: class and gender, in particular the nature and role of women. Class in Renaissance drama includes a short activity, using plot descriptions, to raise ideas about class, inheritance and social mobility, with suggestions for how to apply these ideas to any set text, along with a closer exploration of inheritance and family relationships using speeches from As You Like It and King LearWomen in Renaissance drama explores the representation of women in a set text, using writing from the period and modern comment with case studies on Vittoria in The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi. Also includes annotation and essay writing on women in Shakespeare’s comedies.

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The pack as a whole uses substantial extracts from many of the set texts to promote close reading of the language of the plays and uses visual and textual material from the period and by modern historians to introduce cultural, social and historical contexts. 

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