Shakespeare and the Jewellers

Roberts, David (2016) Shakespeare and the Jewellers. Cambridge Quarterly, 45 (2). pp. 157-174. ISSN 0008199X (ISSN)

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For the past 20 years critics have explored the many hundred references to jewellery in Shakespeare's work as signs of a preoccupation with sexual identity and possession. This paper considers the significance of Shakespearean jewels in a different light: as worked objects whose integrity is a source of persistent anxiety. Reviewing Jacobean controversies concerning jewellers, and changes in the consumption, display and regulation of their work, the paper unfolds the wide range of ethical questions that underlie the presence of and references to jewels in Shakespeare's work. © 2016 The Author, 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Cambridge Quarterly. All rights reserved. For permissions please email:

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26 May 2016Published
Subjects: CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-01 - English studies > CAH19-01-01 - English studies (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > College of Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > College of English and Media
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Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 15:15
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 12:08

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