Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 March 2010

256 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719076329

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Mothers and meaning on the early modern English stage

Felicity Dunworth

Published by Manchester University Press

  • First full-length study of the representation of motherhood in early modern drama that begins in the late medieval period and traces its subject through to the first quarter of the seventeenth century Places plays by Shakespeare alongside those by contemporary dramatists Study insists upon the importance of dramatists as diverse as Bale, Marlowe, Dekker and Webster in enhancing the value of the dramatised mother Examines the political rhetoric of Mary I, Elizabeth and James, reported gallows confessions of mother convicts and the increasingly popular Puritan conduct books Has implications for future studies of dramatic typology in relation to figures other than mothers

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