Staging the Judith jinx: heads or tales?

Richard Hillman

in French Origins of English Tragedy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082764
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700044 | DOI:
Staging the Judith jinx: heads or tales?

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This chapter takes a look at the confrontations between the warrior-hero and the femme fatale. It proposes that maybe the most culturally prominent instance of a combined metaphysical and military narrative—the biblical encounter between the Jewish heroine Judith and the Assyrian tyrant Holofernes—hovers intertextually in the background in two ‘warrior plays’ by Shakespeare and Marlowe.

Keywords: warrior-hero; femme fatale; metaphysical narrative; military narrative; Judith; biblical encounter; warrior plays

Chapter.  15162 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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