Two Gentlemen of Verona | Literature Criticism Michael Shapiro

This literature criticism consists of approximately 39 pages of analysis & critique of Two Gentlemen of Verona.
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Michael Shapiro

SOURCE: "Bringing the Page Onstage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona" in Gender in Play on the Shakespearean Stage: Boy Heroines and Female Pages, The University of Michigan Press, 1994, pp. 65-92.

In the following essay, Shapiro examines Shakespeare 's use of cross-gender disguise in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Although heroines in male disguise are a common feature of medieval and Renaissance narratives, Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona (c. 1593) is one of the earliest English plays to bring the motif onstage.1 It is also the first in which a heroine disguised as a page pretends to be a "saucy lackey," the kind of precociously witty boy servant who had already become a stock character on the Elizabethan stage, probably because of the close fit between these cheeky pages and the assumed personalities of boy actors. As...

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