Arden of Faversham

Author: Martin White

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408144743

Category: Drama

Page: 160

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This 'lamentable and true tragedy', as it is announced on its title page, dramatises a domestic murder of the sort that nowadays scandalises and thrills the readers of tabloid newspapers. Although the title advertises 'the great malice and dissimulation of a wicked woman' and her 'unsatiable desire of filthie lust', the unknown playwright with great dramatic skill and psychological insight manages to balance the motivations of all the main characters. Thomas Arden, one of the rapacious landlords so reviled in mid-Elizabethan social drama, was murdered at his own house in Faversham, Kent, in 1551. His murderers, it turned out, had been hired by his wife Alice, thrall to Mosby, who hoped to rise socially by marrying a rich widow. As the introduction to this edition shows, sexual and material covetousness is the central theme running through the play, which is commonly rated 'unquestionably the best of all Elizabethan domestic tragedies'.

The Tragedy of Master Arden of Faversham

Author: William Shakespeare,Martin White

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780713632958

Category: English drama

Page: 112

View: 5481


This drama text presents the modern-spelling of the play and includes a critical introduction, discussions of dates and sources, a booklist and is updated with new impressions.

Determining the Shakespeare Canon

Arden of Faversham and a Lover's Complaint

Author: MacDonald P. Jackson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198704410

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Determining the Shakspeare Canon aims to solve two key problems of the Shakespeare canon. It makes the case for adding Arden of Faversham, first published anonymously in 1592, to editions of Shakespeare's Complete Works, as a play to which Shakespeare contributed the central scenes. Consequently, it adds to the mounting evidence that early in his career Shakespeare, like other playwrights of the time, collaborated with other playwrightsin the writing of scripts, as was common at the time. MacDonald P. Jackson also considers A Lover's Complaint, published within the quarto of Shakespeare's Sonnets in 1609. Its authenticity has been vigorously challenged. Hereit is shown that the poem should be accepted as Shakespeare's and that it belongs to a sequence that he himself organized. Our reading of the sonnets is affected by this conclusion.

Separation Scenes

Domestic Drama in Early Modern England

Author: Ann C. Christensen

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803296657

Category: History

Page: 320

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This analysis of five exemplary domestic plays--the anonymous Arden of Faversham and A Warning for Fair Women (1590s), Thomas Heywood's A Woman Killed with Kindness (1607), Thomas Middleton's Women Beware Women (ca. 1613), and Walter Mountfort's The Launching of the Mary, or The Seaman's Honest Wife (1632)--offers a new approach to the emerging ideology of the private and public, or what Ann C. Christensen terms "the tragedy of the separate spheres." Feminist scholarship has identified the fruitful gaps between theories and practices of household government in early modern Europe, while work on the global Renaissance attends to commercial expansion, cross-cultural encounters, and colonial settlements. Separation Scenes brings these critical concerns together to expose the intimate and disruptive relationships between the domestic culture and business culture of early modern England. Separation Scenes argues that domestic plays make the absence of husbands for business the subject of tragedy by focusing not on where men traveled but on whom and what they left behind. Elements that critics have rightly associated with domestic tragedy--adultery, sensational murders, and the lavishly articulated operations of domestic life--define this world, which, Christensen argues, was equally shaped by the absence of husbands. Her interpretations of these domestic plays invite us to historicize and further complicate the seemingly universal binary between a feminine "private sphere" and a masculine "public sphere." Separation Scenes demonstrates how domestic drama played an active, dynamic, and critical role in deliberating the costs of commercial travel as it disrupted domestic conduct and prompted realignments within the home.

Shakespearean Suspect Texts

The 'Bad' Quartos and Their Contexts

Author: Laurie E. Maguire

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521473644

Category: Drama

Page: 427

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An examination of forty-one Shakespearean play texts, the 'bad quartos' or 'memorial reconstructions'.

Staging in Shakespeare's Theatres

Author: Andrew Gurr,Mariko Ichikawa

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198711582

Category: Drama

Page: 181

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'Gives striking examples of the use of costumes, props, gestures, and specific design features... a careful study of stage movement.' -Years Work in English Studies'Oxford University Press offer a mix of engagingly written introductions to a variety of Topics intended largely for undergraduates. Each author has clearly been reading and listening to the most recent scholarship, but they wear their learning lightly.' -Ruth Morse, Times Literary SupplementOxford Shakespeare Topics (General Editors Peter Holland and Stanley Wells) provide students, teachers, and interested readers with short books on important aspects of Shakespeare criticism and scholarship, including some general anthologies relating to Shakespeare. Staging in Shakespeare's Theatres is about the plays as they were first staged. It explains how the layout of the theatres affected how they were written and performed, and describes the working conditions of both playwrights and players: their properties, costumes, and rehearsal practices. The final chapter combines this knowledge of the physical theatre with the evidence of stage-directions to present Hamlet as it was originally staged at the Globe.

Shakespeare, a bibliographical guide

Author: Stanley W. Wells

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Reference

Page: 431

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In this comprehensive and compelling study, Stanley Wells explores the wide range of meanings that the plays can generate and analyzes their literary and dramatic craftsmanship in terms that are accessible to the nonspecialist, even to readers with no previous knowledge or experience of Shakespeare. In particular, he looks at Shakespeare's impact through the ages and especially on the varied realizations of his plays in modern theater.

Plays On Women

Anon, Arden of Faversham; Middleton and Dekker, The Roaring Girl; Middleton, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside; Heywood, A Woman Killed with Kindness

Author: David M. Bevington,Kathleen McLuskie

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719016462

Category: Drama

Page: 416

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Based on the original Revels Plays edition.

The Knight of the Burning Pestle

Author: Francis Beaumont

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408144107

Category: Drama

Page: 160

View: 5819


'Let him kill a lion with a pestle, husband; let him kill a lion with a pestle.' So exclaims the Grocer's wife who, with her husband and servants, is attending one of the London's elite playhouses where a theatre comany has just begun to perform. Peeved at the fact that all the plays they see are satires on the lives and values of London's citizenry, the Grocer and his wife interrupt and demand a play that instead contains chivalric quests and courtly love. What's more, they nominate their apprentice Rafe to take on the hero's role of the knight in this entirely new play. The author, Francis Beaumont, ends up not just satirising the grocers' naive taste for romance but parodying his own example of citizen comedy. This play-within-a-play becomes a pastiche of contemporary plays that scorned those who were not courtiers or at least gentlemen or ladies. Like Cervantes in Don Quixote, Beaumont exposes the folly of those that take representations for realities, but also celebrates their idealism and love of adventure. The editor, Michael Hattaway, is editor of plays by Shakespeare and Jonson as well as of several volumes of critical essays, and author of Elizabethan Popular Theatre, Hamlet: The Critics Debate, and Renaissance and Reformations: An Introduction to Early Modern English Literature. He is Professor Emeritus of English Literature in the University of Sheffield.

An Anthology of Elizabethan Prose Fiction

Author: Paul Salzman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192839015

Category: Fiction

Page: 417

View: 421


Five novels include a commedy of manners, an historical fantasy, a love story, a tragic romance, and a businessman's rise to success

Renaissance Woman: A Sourcebook

Constructions of Femininity in England

Author: Kate Aughterson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134810008

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 344

View: 2608


Renaissance Woman: A Sourcebook is an invaluable collection of accounts of women and femininity in early modern England. The volume is divided thematically into nine sections, each with an accessible introduction, notes on sources and an annotated bibliography. The sections are: * Theology * Biology * Conduct * Sexuality and Motherhood * Politics and Law * Education * Work * Writing and Speaking * Feminism Renaissance Woman: A Sourcebook brings together sources ranging from medical documents and political pamphlets to sermons and the Bible, as well as literary sources. Providing a historical context to issues of gender in the Renasissance, it will be essential reading for students of the period, gender studies and cultural history.

The Changeling

Author: Thomas Middleton,William Rowley

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 081220669X

Category: Drama

Page: 144

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The Changeling is a powerful psychological tragedy of the moral degeneration of a highborn Spanish girl through a crime prompted by obsessive love. Thomas Middleton was probably responsible for the tragic plot, and William Rowley for the comic subplot concerning the antics of a young rake who contrives to have himself committed to an insane asylum for love of the proprietor's handsome wife.

Introducing Literary Studies

Author: Richard Bradford

Publisher: Harvester Wheatsheaf


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 768

View: 8225


A single-volume comprehensive introduction to English literature. Brings together 30 units of study, organized into three major parts: the basics of structure and criticism; chronology; and critical theories and perspectives. This is the first book to fill the gap between introductory studies of single authors, genres and periods, and standard references such as handbooks and glossaries. Students of English literature.

Private Matters and Public Culture in Post-Reformation England

Author: Lena Cowen Orlin

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 309

View: 3427


According to Holinshed's Chronicles, Thomas Arden was murdered by his wife, her lover, and several accomplices in 1551. Holinshed apologizes for including in his state history what seems to be "but a private matter," although at the same time he asserts that the "horribleness" of the act justifies public retelling. Alice Arden's crime was popularized in Arden of Feversham (1592), a play that initiated the genre of domestic tragedy and thrust private conflict onto the stage of public discourse. Weaving a complex tapestry out of intellectual history and literary analysis, Lena Cowen Orlin examines how the private issues of contentious marital relations and household governance became public - through conduct manuals, sermons, political tracts, and philosophical treatises, as well as domestic tragedies - in the culture of post-Reformation England. Orlin first draws on rich archival evidence in telling the story of the Ardens. Although Arden of Feversham fulfilled the conservative project of confirming patriarchal authority in the home at a time of social upheaval, Orlin finds that later domestic tragedies such as A Woman Killed with Kindness and Othello were less predictable in their aims. And while other forms of public literature provided blueprints for ordering the household, domestic tragedies continued to reveal the tensions lying under the surface there: inconsistencies in the prescribed role of women, contradictions within patriarchal ideology, conflicts between political and economic interests in the household, inadequacies in the old ideals of friendship and benefice, and anxieties about the control of material possessions.

Shakespeare Quarterly

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Electronic journals

Page: N.A

View: 3657


Provides image and full-text online access to back issues. Consult the online table of contents for specific holdings.

Devil in a Blue Dress

An Easy Rawlins Novel

Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451612486

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 4945


Devil in a Blue Dress, a defining novel in Walter Mosley’s bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was adapted into a TriStar Pictures film starring Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins and Don Cheadle as Mouse. Set in the late 1940s, in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles, Devil in a Blue Dress follows Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

Amber's First Clue

Mermaid S.O.S.

Author: Gillian Shields

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1619630265

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 96

View: 6409


The evil mermaid Mantora has stolen six precious Snow Diamonds from Ice Kingdom, and it's up to the Arctic Mermaids to find them! In Amber's First Task Amber leads her friends to the first Snow Diamond and a clue to where the next Diamond is hidden, and along the way manage to help a young Inuit girl save a beluga whale.

Thomas Middleton: Four Plays

Women Beware Women, The Changeling, The Roaring Girl and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside

Author: Thomas Middleton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408174634

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 560

View: 683


This New Mermaids anthology brings together the four most popular and widely studied of Thomas Middleton's plays - Women Beware Women; The Changeling; The Roaring Girl and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside - with a new introduction by William Carroll, examining the plays in the context of early modern theatre, culture and politics, as well as their language, characters and themes. On-page commentary notes guide students to a better understanding and combine to make this an indispensable student edition ideal for study and classroom use from A Level upwards.