Women on the Early Modern Stage: A Woman Killed with Kindness, The Tamer Tamed, The Duchess of Malfi, The Witch of Edmonton

Women on the Early Modern Stage: A Woman Killed with Kindness, The Tamer Tamed, The Duchess of Malfi, The Witch of Edmonton

by Emma Smith
     
 

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This New Mermaids anthology brings together four plays which centre around female characters on stage: A Woman Killed With Kindness (Thomas Heywood); The Tamer Tamed (John Fletcher); The Duchess of Malfi (John Webster) and The Witch of Edmonton (William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford) with a new introduction by leading scholar Emma…  See more details below

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This New Mermaids anthology brings together four plays which centre around female characters on stage: A Woman Killed With Kindness (Thomas Heywood); The Tamer Tamed (John Fletcher); The Duchess of Malfi (John Webster) and The Witch of Edmonton (William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford) with a new introduction by leading scholar Emma Smith.

A Woman Killed with Kindness is a domestic tragedy of property and marriage, adultery and revenge, and strips bare two women's lives in one of the first tragedies ever to be written about ordinary people.

The Tamer Tamed
is a free-wheeling and witty comedy in which the place and status of women, and the nature of marriage, are subjected to sustained attention, demonstrating one way in which early modern writers were able to challenge and invert social convention, and to at least imagine alternative modes of behaviour.

The Duchess of Malfi
is a classic revenge tragedy and masterpiece of the Jacobean bizarre, featuring a severed hand, a wolf-man, and a poisoned Bible.

The Witch of Edmonton
is a domestic tragedy in which Elizabeth Sawyer sells her soul to the Devil to revenge her neighbours.

These four early modern plays plays upset old certainties about gender ideology: less 'chaste, silent and obedient' and more diverse, eloquent, and complex.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408182338
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/13/2014
Series:
New Mermaids
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
584
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Emma Smith is a Fellow and Tutor at Hertford College, the University of Oxford, UK and has written widely on early modern drama, including most recently editing and introducing a collection of Five Revenge Tragedies. She has written The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare and The Cambridge Guide to Shakespeare. She is part of the editorial team for the new Riverside Shakespeare, on the editorial board for Literature Compass and Shakespeare Survey and a regular lecturer at the Globe theatre.
Emma Smith is Fellow in English at Hertford College, Oxford, where she teaches Shakespeare and early modern literature to undergraduates and graduates. Her work is mainly on Shakespeare and Renaissance dramatists.

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