Middleton And The Continent

Karen Britland

in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Middleton And The Continent

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There is no evidence that Middleton ever visited the Continent, but it is clear from his writing that he read widely in Italian, French, and Spanish sources, usually, if not always, in the original languages. This article investigates some of his borrowings and the ways in which he and his collaborators represented foreign characters, languages, and political affairs on the English stage. Taking its spirit from A Mad World, My Masters' gloriously duplicitous courtesan, it also considers the ways in which these plays figure the connections between the Continent and the incontinent.

Keywords: Thomas Middleton; language; plays; Mad World

Article.  8525 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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