Fairies, Fractious Women, and the Old Faith: Fairy Lore in Early Modern British Drama and Culture Regina Buccola

ISBN: 9781575911038

Published: July 1st 2006

Hardcover

293 pages


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Fairies, Fractious Women, and the Old Faith: Fairy Lore in Early Modern British Drama and Culture  by  Regina Buccola

Fairies, Fractious Women, and the Old Faith: Fairy Lore in Early Modern British Drama and Culture by Regina Buccola
July 1st 2006 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 293 pages | ISBN: 9781575911038 | 5.18 Mb

Fairies, unruly women, and vestigial Catholicism constituted a frequently invoked triad in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century drama which has seldom been critically examined and therefore constitutes a significant lacuna in scholarlyMoreFairies, unruly women, and vestigial Catholicism constituted a frequently invoked triad in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century drama which has seldom been critically examined and therefore constitutes a significant lacuna in scholarly treatments of early modern theater, including the work of Shakespeare.

Fairy tradition has lost out in scholarly critical convention to the more masculine mythologies of Christianity and classical Greece and Rome, in which female deities either serve masculine gods or are themselves masculinized (i.e., Diana as a buckskinned warrior). However, the fairy tradition is every bit as significant in our critical attempts to situate early modern texts in their historical contexts as the references to classical texts and struggles associated with state-mandated religious beliefs are widely agreed to be.

fairy, rebellious woman, quasi-Catholic trio repeatedly stages resistance to early modern conceptions of appropriate class and gender conduct and state-mandated religion in A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Cymbeline, Alls Well That Ends Well, and Ben Jonsons The Alchemist.



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