Horrid Spectacle: Violation in the Theater of Early Modern England

Horrid Spectacle: Violation in the Theater of Early Modern England

Deborah G. Burks $70.00

Published in 2004 | 447 pages | cloth | ISBN: 978-0-8207-0341-1

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“The case is elegantly simple, but nuanced and layered in its demonstrations.” — Sixteenth Century Journal

Book Information:

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.

Author Information:

DEBORAH G. BURKS is associate professor of English at Ohio State University at Lima.

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