A Woman Killed with Kindness and Other Domestic Plays

A Woman Killed with Kindness and Other Domestic Plays

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Arden of Faversham * A Woman Killed with Kindness * The Witch of Edmonton * The English Traveller In about 1590, an unknown dramatist had the idea of writing a tragedy about the lives of ordinary people, instead of the genre's usual complement of kings and queens and politicians. His play, Arden of Faversham, inaugurated a new genre of 'domestic' drama, set in near-contemporary England and concerned with issues of marriage, crime, and property rather than war and power. Arden dramatizes a notorious murder case of forty years earlier, in which a wealthy husband was killed by his wife and her lover. In Thomas Heywood's A Woman Killed with Kindness, a wife is caught by her husband in bed with his best friend, only to find that he takes unusual reprisals. The Witch of Edmonton combines a true-life story of witchcraft with a fictitious tale of bigamy and wife-murder, and The English Traveller deals with the unexpected and unwelcome changes people find when they return home after a lengthy absence. Part of the Oxford English Drama series, this edition has modern-spelling texts; a critical introduction that outlines the way all four plays raise powerful and complex questions about the English society in which their tragic events unfold; wide-ranging notes; a chronology of the plays from their sources to recent performance; and appendices relating to two of the plays: who wrote Arden of Faversham and when did Heywood write The English Traveller.Thomas Heywood, Thomas Dekker, William Rowley, John Ford Martin Wiggins ... from moral to sociological themes, starting with Peter Urea#39;s a#39;Marriage and the Domestic Drama in Heywood and Forda#39;, English Studies 32 (1951), 200a€“16. ... One relevant body of literature is the conduct manuals which Laura G. Bromley brings into apposition with Heywooda#39;s first ... in Dangerous Familiars: Representations of Domestic Crime in England, 1550a€“1700 (1994) take for their focus the wayanbsp;...

Title:A Woman Killed with Kindness and Other Domestic Plays
Author: Thomas Heywood, Thomas Dekker, William Rowley, John Ford
Publisher:OUP Oxford - 2008-05-08

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