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Middleton Critics Homework Name: A. Read Bowers paragraphs 1-4 only: 1. Bowers announces that he will argue what? (paragraph one) He argues that Middleton's comic action foregrounds character conflict to assert a realist, urban grotesque: a Bakhtinian assertion of the lower bodily stratum combined with dramatically reversible possibilities of gender, class, and situation. 2. What is Tennenhouse’s critique? (paragraph three) Tennenhouse believes the patriarchal endings of Middleton's plays are contrived, noting that despite their veneer of realist situational comedy, Middleton's dramas conclude with aristocratic values inevitably reasserted at the conclusion. B. Read Uszaklo, page 1 only: 3. According to Uszaklo, Middleton asserts what? Middleton asserts that the indivisibility of sex and money, consumption and desire,
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Unformatted text preview: prohibits a single Chaste Maid in Cheapside. 4. What is the first part of Uszaklos threefold argument? The women in Cheapside assert control by vending their sexuality for their own benefit. Moreover, like Mistress Allwit, they represent positive female consumption--the full vagina, pregnant belly and stockpiled house--and controlled excretion, using sex, tears, songs and children to ensure their positions or create new ones. 5. On which theorist does she rely to make the second part of her argument? Uszaklo borrows from Judith Butlers "Imitation and Gender Insubordination." Bonus question from Bakhtin encyclopedia entry on Moodle: Today Mardi Gras is the manifestation of what social institution described by Bakhtin? Carnival...
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