Warning, familiarity and ridicule tracing the theatrical representation of the witch in early modern England /

by Porterfield, Melissa Rynn.

Abstract (Summary)
WARNING, FAMILIARITY, AND RIDICULE: TRACING THE THEATRICAL REPRESENTATION OF THE WITCH IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND By Melissa Rynn Porterfield This work traces the theatrical representation of the witch on the Early Modern English stage. I examine the ways in which the witch was constructed as a binary opposite against which dominant society could define itself. This work provides close readings of three representative plays from the era: Macbeth, The Witch of Edmonton, and The Witches of Edmonton. I also investigate the significance of the personal involvement of King James I in real-life witch trials. This work breaks the progression of the witch into three stages - fear, familiarity, and ridicule – each of which served to allay the anxieties of dominant culture. Situating the texts within the specific historical cosmology of their original productions, I suggest one possible mapping of the intersections of the intersections of gender, class, nation, politics, and economics which they depict.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:shakespeare william rowley heywood thomas theatre witch early modern england macbeth the of edmonton witches lancashire feminist cultural representations in literature english drama


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