Making the World Anew

in Dido's Daughters

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226243115
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226243184 | DOI:
Making the World Anew

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This chapter examines the allegories of imperial subjection in Elizabeth Cary's play Tragedy of Mariam. It suggests that this play represented a mode of female literacy that relies on several types of equivocation to articulate a critical perspective on England as an imperial nation. This chapter argues that the setting and the plot of Cary's play suggest an analogical relation between Judea in the years just before Christ's birth and England in the years after its traumatic break from the Church of Rome.

Keywords: Elizabeth Cary; Tragedy of Marian; imperial subjection; equivocation; England; imperial nation; Church of Rome

Chapter.  18791 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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