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Contents Acknowledgments vii Introduction The Aesthetics of Service 3 Chapter One Shakespeare’s Apprenticeship: Performing Service in The Comedy of Errors and The Two Gentlemen of Verona 27 Chapter Two Prose Fiction and the Mobile Servant: Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller 53 Chapter Three “Play the Shoemaker”: Craft and Commerce in Deloney’s The Gentle Craft and Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday 73 Chapter Four “Iterate the Work”: The Alchemist and Ben Jonson’s Labors of Service 107 Chapter Five Tragicomic Service: The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest 135 Notes 165 Bibliography 195 Index 209 ...


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  • English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
  • Master and servant in literature.
  • Household employees in literature.
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