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Unformatted text preview: 2-12-08 T&D 324 Early Modern England: The Tragedy of Mariam to The Roaring Girl Mariam continued notes Internal poetic structure: ABAB Sonnets: esteemed form of poetry, Shakespeare, around 20 in play Act I, Scene i: First part is a sonnet, woman taking center stage, speaking for herself, "with public voice run on", Rome's last hero: Caesar -Goes on to talk about Herod, Roman emperors, comparing herself to them -Speeches go on after sonnets throughout the play, more to say What is Mariam trying to do in first speech? Contemplating in public, using sonnets which were characteristically male poetic form, Act II, Scene i: end of Pheroras' first speech, Graphina usually dismissed as an obedient female, offsetting Mariam's behavior, silence vs. speech The Roaring Girl Cross-dressing forces one to look at gender politics of period Not just about female representation but societal formation, Moll as a character who sees/ portrays men differently, what men look like to her First character we see is Mary in disguise, with Neatfoot a pretentious servant "busied with a needlewoman" needle pun for "penis", everyone would have caught on to this, Middleton and Dekker commenting on sexual perversity of society Sumptuary laws: governed who could wear what, depending on what class you were in Social anxiety about gender: how can a woman act like a man? Teen boy would have played Moll: how does this affect dramatic interpretation? ...
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