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Beggary and Theatre in Early Modern England

Beggary and Theatre in Early Modern England

by Paola Pugliatti


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ISBN-13: 9780754603443
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/01/2003
Pages: 233
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: mendicitas et mendacia; The facts: Vagrancy and beggary in Europe; The legislation in England: The repression of vagrancy; Henry VIII: the interdiction of disguise; Edward VI: prophecy and sedition; Mary: 'lewd plays and players'; Elizabeth: the systematization of control; James I: the restriction of patronage and the hardening of censorship; Philosophical and religious perceptions and representations: Idleness: pigritia and pervagatio; Disguise, or, 'the vagrancy of the signifier': apparel as semiotic system; Disguise in the theatre: impersonation; Disguise in the theatre: cross-dressing; The 'Depe dissimulation' and the 'sclerous secrets' of beggars; Plagues and parasites: plague carriers and culprits; Parasitism and language; Literary appropriations: The rogue pamphlets, the conny-catching pamphlets and the picaresque novels; The European tradition of beggar books; Theatricality: beggars; Harman's A Caueat: prejudiced authenticity; The theatricality of Harman's beggars; Digression: Alexander Iden, alias Thomas Harman; Theatricality: the conny-catchers: G.W.: the rhetoric of detection and instruction; Greene's first discovery of cozenage; Between plagiarism and hybridization: Dekker's Lanthorne and candle-light; Epilogue; Index.

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