'Tis Pity She's A Whore: A Critical Guide

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Lisa Hopkins
A&C Black, Jan 19, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 193 pages
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John Ford's tragedy 'Tis Pity She's A Whore was first performed between 1629 and 1633 and since then its themes of incest, love versus duty and forbidden passion have made it a widely studied and performed, if controversial, play.

This guide offers students an introduction to its critical and performance history, including TV and film adaptations. It includes a keynote chapter outlining major areas of current research on the play and four new critical essays. Finally, a guide to critical, web-based and production-related resources and an annotated bibliography provide a basis for further individual research.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 The Critical Backstory
14
Chapter 2 The Performance History
34
Chapter 3 The State of the Art
60
Fatal Attraction Desire Anatomy and Death in Tis Pity Shes a Whore
77
Identifying the Real Whore of Parma
94
The Confessional Identities of Tis Pity Shes a Whore
114
The Deconstructing Tis Pity? Derrida Barthes and Ford
136
Tis Pity Shes a Whore and the Space of the Stage
152
Chapter 9 A Survey of Resources
168
Bibliography
181
Notes on Contributors
186
Index
189
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Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

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