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Seizures of the Will in Early Modern English Drama

Seizures of the Will in Early Modern English Drama

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: January 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521564496

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  • Frank Whigham presents a detailed and innovative analysis of five English Renaissance plays, set in the context of social rank, gender, kinship, and service relationships. The Spanish Tragedy and The Duchess of Malfi, set at court, explore fantasies of the lurid and decadent life at the center of national culture. Arden of Faversham, The Miseries of Enforced Marriage, and A Yorkshire Tragedy examine the collisions between traditional rural values and newfangled behavior brought from London.

    • Exciting and innovative volume by leading Renaissance scholar
    • Demonstrates the subtlety and power of Renaissance plays on social issues through detailed analysis of text and context
    • Interdisciplinary appeal including cultural and general studies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Whigham succeeds admirably in his effort to complicate and expand historicist analysis of the notion of will, and this book provides a fine map for further critical exploration of early modern English Drama." B.R. Siegfried, The Sixteenth Century Journal

    "...the analysis of the drama Whigham offers is... exhilirating..." Karen Bamford, Essays in Theatre

    "The analyses of the plays are rich, multilayered and open-ended, and each chapter provides a wealth of fascinating information about early modern culture and social structures." Rebecca W. Bushnell, Modern Philology

    "Theoretical grounding, interest in material life, entertaining allusions--these qualities coupled with Whigham's generous yet incisive method make Seizures a dive that brings up some true treasures." Ann C. Christensen, Jrnl Of English & Germanic Philology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521564496
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.453kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Forcing divorce in The Spanish Tragedy
    2. Hunger and pain in Arden of Faversham
    3. The ideology of prodigality in The Miseries of an Enforced Marriage, and A Yorkshire Tragedy
    4. Sexual and social mobility in The Duchess of Malfi
    Afterword.

  • Author

    Frank Whigham, University of Texas, Austin

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