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Painted Devils, Siren Tongues

The Semiotic Universe of Jacobean Tragedy


Justyna Galant

The book outlines the semiotic universe of Jacobean drama, examining both canonical tragedies by Thomas Middleton, John Webster and less known dramas such as Anonymous Lust’s Dominion, Markham and Sampson’s Herod and Antipater or Thierry and Theodoret by Beaumont and Fletcher.
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Chapter II: Playing with sentiments.



Playing with sentiments.

The central characters of the The Changeling, Women Beware Women and The Maid’s Tragedy share the propensity to experiment with existence as mediated through what they consider life-enhancing conventions. As they face the challenge to transplant an alternative reality onto the grounds of the actual world, they experience the thrill of excitement at living a parallel life ruled according to the precepts of their own gameworlds. At the same time, their attempts reveal to what extent the “borrowed” convention can be retained when it is confronted with the constraints of the outside world.

The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley. The uses of mimicry.

Translation is the art of failure. 

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