Table of Contents

Book Cover; Title; Contents; Acknowledgements; Notes on transcriptions, references and abbreviations; INTRODUCTION The signs of friendship; Mental husbandry; THE HOUSEWIFE AND THE HUMANISTS; ECONOMIES OF FRIENDSHIP The textuality of amicitia; Anxieties of textual access; FROM ERRANT KNIGHT TO PRUDENT CAPTAIN Masculinity and 'romantic' fiction; USURERS' DAUGHTERS AND PRODIGAL SONS The gendered plot of authorship in the 1570s; The theatre of clandestine marriage; HOUSEHOLD STUFF Terence in the Reformation In a brilliant and persuasive series of moves, Lorna Hutson provides startling new readings of Shakespeare, illuminates how social relations were textualized, and focuses on the central importance of the history of the representation of women.