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Two Lamentable Tragedies

Catherine Richardson

in Domestic Life and Domestic Tragedy in Early Modern England

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780719065446
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701164 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719065446.003.0005
Two Lamentable Tragedies

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Like Arden of Faversham, Two Lamentable Tragedies is also based on ballad narratives, and the salacious goriness of its mode connects it closely to pamphlets about recent shocking crimes. Those pamphlets offered stark sensationalism within a rigid and explicit didactic framework where the ‘voluntary confession of the parties’ was intended to be used as an ‘example to the amendment of [the reader's] life’, as Arthur Golding put it. The dramatic genre to which such moralising comes closest is of course that of the morality play, which focuses the energies of its representation towards a moment of didactic closure. Positioning themselves between moralities and tragedies proper, domestic tragedies' interests lie both in the psychological effects of crime upon the individual protagonist and in the threat transgression offers to the communities of household and town. The most striking feature of domestic representation in Two Lamentable Tragedies is the way it locates the house in places other than the main stage. Several kinds of ‘particularity’ are crucial to the dramatic structure of Two Lamentable Tragedies.

Keywords: Two Lamentable Tragedies; crime; morality; domestic tragedies; household; domestic representation; house

Chapter.  10342 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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