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Poisoned Kisses: Theater of Seduction

Tanya Pollard

in Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270835
eISBN:
9780191710322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270835.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines the threat that female beauty posed for men. A surprising number of plays from this period dramatize the motif of death by poisoned kiss. The chapter focuses on three plays: ... More


Animating Matter: The Corpse as Idol in The Second Maiden’s Tragedy and The Duke of Milan

Susan Zimmerman

in The Early Modern Corpse and Shakespeare's Theatre

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748621033
eISBN:
9780748652198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621033.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter investigates the repercussions of continual tension in two plays that directly address the issue of idolatry: Thomas Middleton's The Second Maiden's Tragedy, and Philip Massinger's The ... More


Cosmetic Restoration in Jacobean Tragedy

Farah Karim-Cooper

in Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748619931
eISBN:
9780748652204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619931.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter attempts to show how Thomas Middleton appropriates cosmetic materiality by deploying it imaginatively in the language and in the action, through violence and terror. It also tries to ... More


Exhumations: scopophobia in Renaissance texts

Duncan Salkeld

in Gothic Renaissance: A reassessment

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719088636
eISBN:
9781781706893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719088636.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Duncan Salkeld recognizes ‘the fusion of death and desire’ on the early modern English stage as origin ‘of the kind of aesthetic now recognisable as the Gothic’. Identifying the courtesan as the ... More


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