Domestic Life

Catherine Richardson

in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199566105
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Domestic Life

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This article discusses four of the houses that Shakespeare built – Othello's house, in which one can see him together with Desdemona in a perversion of a wedding night; Capulet's house in Romeo and Juliet, where his ‘old accustomed feast’ takes place and where Romeo and Juliet spend the night together; Mr Ford's house in The Merry Wives of Windsor, in which the fat knight Falstaff is thrown into a laundry basket and then beaten as a witch, and Petruccio's house in The Taming of the Shrew, where he takes his new bride Katherine to tame her before allowing her to return to Padua. It explores the form of their stage representation and what work they do as spaces within the plays in which they appear.

Keywords: Othello's house; Capulet's house; Shakespeare's domestic life; Merry Wives; Petruccio's house; Romeo and Juliet

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Subjects: Literature ; Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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