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
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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
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'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.

Renaissance Woman: A Sourcebook

Constructions of Femininity in England
Author: Kate Aughterson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134810008
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 344
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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
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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.

Devil in a Blue Dress

An Easy Rawlins Novel
Author: Walter Mosley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451612486
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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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.

Private Matters and Public Culture in Post-Reformation England

Author: Lena Cowen Orlin
Publisher: N.A
Category: History
Page: 309
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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.

My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead

Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061240389
Category: Fiction
Page: 608
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"When it comes to love, there are a million theories to explain it. But when it comes to love stories, things are simpler. A love story can never be about full possession. Love stories depend on disappointment, on unequal births and feuding families, on matrimonial boredom and at least one cold heart. Love stories, nearly without exception, give love a bad name . . . . It is perhaps only in reading a love story (or in writing one) that we can simultaneously partake of the ecstasy and agony of being in love without paying a crippling emotional price. I offer this book, then, as a cure for lovesickness and an antidote to adultery. Read these love stories in the safety of your single bed. Let everybody else suffer."—Jeffrey Eugenides, from the introduction to My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead All proceeds from My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead will go directly to fund the free youth writing programs offered by 826 Chicago. 826 Chicago is part of the network of seven writing centers across the United States affiliated with 826 National, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Shakespeare Quarterly

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Electronic journals
Page: N.A
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Provides image and full-text online access to back issues. Consult the online table of contents for specific holdings.

A Companion to Middle English Hagiography

Author: Sarah Salih
Publisher: DS Brewer
ISBN: 9781843840725
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 182
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The saints were the superheroes and the celebrities of medieval England, bridging the gap between heaven and earth, the living and the dead. A vast body of literature evolved during the middle ages to ensure that everyone, from kings to peasants, knew the stories of the lives, deaths and afterlives of the saints. However, despite its popularity and ubiquity, the genre of the Saint's Life has until recently been little studied. This collection introduces the canon of Middle English hagiography; places it in the context of the cults of saints; analyses key themes within hagiographic narrative, including gender, power, violence and history; and, finally, shows how hagiographic themes survived the Reformation. Overall it offers both information for those coming to the genre for the first time, and points forward to new trends in research. Dr SARAH SALIH is a Lecturer in English at the University of East Anglia. Contributors: SAMANTHA RICHES, MARY BETH LONG, CLAIRE M. WATERS, ROBERT MILLS, ANKE BERNAU, KATHERINE J. LEWIS, MATTHEW WOODCOCK

An Anthology of Elizabethan Prose Fiction

Author: Paul Salzman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192839015
Category: Fiction
Page: 417
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Five novels include a commedy of manners, an historical fantasy, a love story, a tragic romance, and a businessman's rise to success