The Tragedy of Mariam

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Broadview Press, Dec 13, 2000 - Drama - 200 pages

First published in 1613, The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry is probably the first play in English known to have been authored by a woman, and it has become increasingly popular in the study of early modern women’s writing. The play, which Cary based on the story of Herod and Mariam, turns on a rumour of Herod’s death, and unfolds around the actions taken by the patriarch’s family and servants in his absence. In part a critique of male power, the play sets gender politics in sharp relief against a background of dynastic conflict and Roman imperialism.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Abbreviations
9
Introduction
11
A Brief Chronology
39
A Note on the Text
43
The Tragedy of Mariam
45
Emendations and Variant Readings
129
Main Sources
145
Extracts from Selected Didactic and Polemical Texts
163
Photographs from the Tinderbox Theatre Company Production of The Tragedy of Mariam
184
Bibliography and Works Cited
188
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Stephanie Hodgson-Wright teaches at the University of Gloucestershire. Among her publications is the groundbreaking monograph Women and Dramatic Production 1550-1700 (with Alison Findlay and Gweno Williams). She is involved as well with practical theatre work, including productions of The Tragedy of Mariam, The Rover, Iphigenia at Aulis, and Love’s Victory.

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