‘My Cloak's A Stranger; He Was Made But Yesterday’

Eleanor Lowe

in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

‘My Cloak's A Stranger; He Was Made But Yesterday’

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Middleton explores the concept of layering using literal and linguistic means by presenting a diverse range of sartorially informed dramatic moments. This article examines a selection of examples from Your Five Gallants, The Roaring Girl, and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside. For example, in The Roaring Girl, Moll Frith is measured for breeches by a lecherous tailor, Master Allwit is seen being trussed in preparation for ‘his’ child's christening party in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, and Tailby strips off whilst gambling and is subsequently reclothed by doting female ‘clients’. The three examples chosen from Middleton's body of work emphasize the links between clothing, the economy, and the daily and life rituals of early modern Londoners.

Keywords: Thomas Middleton; plays; clothing; Your Five Gallants; Roaring Girl; A Chaste Maid

Article.  7600 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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