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: 9353


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

View: 6913


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.

Abschied, Reise und Wiedersehen bei Shakespeare

Zur Gestaltung und Funktion epischer und romanhafter Motive im Drama

Author: Thomas Kullmann

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110940663

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 354

View: 6789


The Anglia Book Series (ANGB) offers a selection of high quality work on all areas and aspects of English philology. It publishes book-length studies and essay collections on English language and linguistics, on English and American literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present, on the new English literatures, as well as on general and comparative literary studies, including aspects of cultural and literary theory.

Shakespeare, a bibliographical guide

Author: Stanley W. Wells

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Reference

Page: 431

View: 569


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.

Introducing Literary Studies

Author: Richard Bradford

Publisher: Harvester Wheatsheaf


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 768

View: 8054


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: 9824


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: 6718


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


Volume Three of Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes

Author: William T. Vollmann

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440684170

Category: Fiction

Page: 768

View: 7771


From the National Book Award-winning author of Europe Central – a hugely original fictional history of Pocahontas, John Smith, and the Jamestown colony in Virginia Watch for Vollmann’s new work of nonfiction, No Immediate Danger, coming in April of 2018 In Argall, the third novel in his Seven Dreams series, William T. Vollmann alternates between extravagant Elizabethan language and gritty realism in an attempt to dig beneath the legend surrounding Pocahontas, John Smith, and the founding of the Jamestown colony in Virginia-as well as the betrayals, disappointments, and atrocities behind it. With the same panoramic vision, mythic sensibility, and stylistic daring that he brought to the previous novels in the Seven Dreams series--hailed upon its inception as "the most important literary project of the '90s" (The Washington Post)--Vollmann continues his hugely original fictional history of the clash of Native Americans and Europeans in the New World. In reconstructing America's past as tragedy, nightmare, and bloody spectacle, Vollmann does nothing less than reinvent the American novel.


Zeitschrift für englische Philologie

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Comparative linguistics

Page: N.A

View: 5195


Strukturale Semantik

Methodologische Untersuchungen

Author: Algirdas Julien Greimas

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3663068366

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 244

View: 9493


Shakespeares Text in Deutschland

Textkritik und Kanonfrage von den Anfängen bis zur Mitte des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts

Author: Michael Hiltscher

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated


Category: Criticism

Page: 406

View: 6323