Blood and Home in Early Modern Drama: Domestic Identity on by Ariane M. Balizet

By Ariane M. Balizet

In this quantity, the writer argues that blood was once, crucially, a way in which dramatists negotiated moving contours of domesticity in sixteenth and seventeenth century England. Early sleek English drama vividly addressed modern debates over an increasing notion of "the domestic," which encompassed the domus in addition to intercourse, parenthood, family order, the connection among domestic and country, and the connections among kinfolk honor and nationwide id. the writer contends that the family ideology expressed by way of theatrical depictions of marriage and loved ones order is one equipped at the simultaneous familiarity and violence inherent to blood.

The theatrical relation among blood and residential is way extra complex than the idealized language of the familial bloodline; the house used to be itself a bloody position, with family bloodstains signifying a number of studies together with non secular worship, intercourse, homicide, delivery, therapeutic, and holy justice. concentrating on 4 bleeding figures—the Bleeding Bride, Bleeding Husband, Bleeding baby, and Bleeding Patient—the writer argues that the loved ones blood of the early sleek degree not just expressed the violence and clash occasioned by means of household ideology, but additionally demonstrated the house as a website that alternately reified and challenged patriarchal authority.

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