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dc.creatorOrman, Lindsay Erin
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-22T20:40:53Z
dc.date.available2013-02-22T20:40:53Z
dc.date.created2004
dc.date.issued2013-02-22
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/ETD-TAMU-2004-Fellows-Thesis-O5
dc.descriptionDue to the character of the original source materials and the nature of batch digitization, quality control issues may be present in this document. Please report any quality issues you encounter to digital@library.tamu.edu, referencing the URI of the item.en
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 62-64).en
dc.description.abstractThis study seeks to explicate the complex relationship between crime and drama in early modern England. In a historical context of social, political, and religious upheaval, defining criminality becomes an essential component of maintaining social control when class conflicts often color the administration of justice. Several social stages, including the ceremony of the church, the pomp of the royal court, and the spectacle of criminal punishment, provide a setting in which criminals can be compared to actors. With old power structures reluctantly crumbling in response to economic change, the theater itself emerges as a forum for discussion where themes of corruption in the church and government are introduced. Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, and Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair offer examples of the relative nature of criminality and the unique role of the stage in conglomerating all of the societal stages to comment on their transgressions and shortcomings before an audience comprised of varying social classes.en
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M Universityen
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries in 2008. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subjectEnglish.en
dc.subjectMajor English.en
dc.titleCaught in the act: the stage as a backdrop for defining crime in early modern Englanden
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen
thesis.degree.nameFellows Thesisen
thesis.degree.levelUndergraduateen
dc.type.genrethesisen
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