Sodomitical Drama

Ellen Mackay

in Persecution, Plague, and Fire

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780226500195
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226500218 | DOI:
Sodomitical Drama

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This chapter aims to account for the stage's eerie compliance with antitheatricalism's fiery predictions. It shows that the culmination antitheatricalism would forestall is the conflagration the stage seeks. Playwrights, it turns out, are much more devout in seeking the ending that Foxe scripts, wherein Death, “of its own will, surrenders” and “the famous stone Terminus,” the “god of landmarks and boundaries,” gives way. For inside the theater, undreaded burning is not about “the world's Ruines,” but a globe without end. Sodomitical drama has three essential characteristics: a plot inspired by Lot's Wife's homiletic tradition, impressive pyrotechnics, and a marked de-ontologizing effect. A Christian Turned Turk exhibits all of these, though on the first count, it is not very explicit.

Keywords: antitheatricalism; sodomitical drama; playwrights; homiletic tradition; ontology; conflagration; A Christian Turned Turk

Chapter.  13273 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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