Horrid Spectacle: Violation in the Theater of Early Modern EnglandDeborah G. Burks $70.00
Published in 2004 | 447 pages | cloth | ISBN: 978-0-8207-0341-1
“The case is elegantly simple, but nuanced and layered in its demonstrations.” — Sixteenth Century Journal
Literate and political early modern England was a socially diverse nation to which London's theaters contributed politically inflected art and entertainment; torture, murder, and infidelity were graphically depicted on the stage. This study of violation explores the connections between these theatrical representations and the use of violation imagery in a range of public and private discourses, from Protestant polemic, parliamentary legislation, and political pamphlets, to aristocratic letters, royalist fiction, and “regicidal” histories.
DEBORAH G. BURKS is associate professor of English at Ohio State University at Lima.