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Dramatic GeographyRomance, Intertheatricality, and Cultural Encounter in Early Modern Mediterranean Drama$
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Laurence Publicover

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806813.001.0001

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Re-Thinking Romance

Re-Thinking Romance

Heywood’s The Fair Maid of the West, Part One

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Dramatic Geography

Laurence Publicover

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that The Fair Maid of the West’s dramatic geography allows its playwright, Thomas Heywood, to join the intertheatrical conversation regarding the relationship between romance and commerce that had been initiated by Marlowe and Shakespeare, and to ask further questions concerning the relevance of chivalric ideals in late-Elizabethan England. Reading Heywood’s play as part of a wider debate about birth and nobility in early modern England, the chapter focuses in particular on how, by placing the working-class heroine Bess Bridges at the centre of a romance narrative, The Fair Maid is able to challenge the aristocratic and masculinist values generally inscribed within the tradition.

Keywords:   Thomas Heywood, The Fair Maid of the West, intertheatricality, romance, gender, class

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