‘Time's Comic Sparks’

Laurie Maguire and Emma Smith

in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199559886
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

‘Time's Comic Sparks’

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This article explores the plays A Mad World, My Masters and Timon of Athens, both of which examine the role of benevolence in the modern world. Generosity cues the subject of bonds, obligation, and reciprocity. Mad World and Timon are further connected dramaturgically by a central prop – the casket – which cements their explorations of fiscal and ethical bonds.

Keywords: Thoms Middleton; plays; benevolence; generosity; casket; bonds

Article.  7968 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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