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Separation Scenes: Domestic Drama in Early Modern England by Ann C. Christensen (review)

Separation Scenes: Domestic Drama in Early Modern England by Ann C. Christensen (review) B O OK R E V I E W S Ann C. Christensen, Separation Scenes: Domestic Drama in Early Modern England. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 21 0 . x 7 iv + 299 pages. $.06 .00 Rev iewe d by L a r a Dodd s How does dramaturgy articulate, and through that articulation, comment upon, changing social conditions? This is the question posed by Ann C. Chris - tensen’s Separation Scenes: Domestic Drama in Early Modern England, which argues that the separation scene, along with its dramatization of doors, win- dows, and other thresholds, serves as a means of interrogating developing ide- ologies of business, trade, and the separation of spheres. Focusing on v fi e early modern “domestic plays,” Christensen suggests that the resources of the stage metaphorize the anxieties of a rapidly changing economy through stories of absent husbands and unpartnered wives. In plays such as the anonymous Arden of Faversham or Heywood’s A Woman Killed with Kindness, plots of murder and ind fi elity hyperbolically represent the dangers of “business” as it alienates women from their husbands and eventually the social and moral order. The dramaturgical decision to represent marital relations through the separation http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies University of Pennsylvania Press

Separation Scenes: Domestic Drama in Early Modern England by Ann C. Christensen (review)

Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies , Volume 18 (4) – Oct 1, 2019

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B O OK R E V I E W S Ann C. Christensen, Separation Scenes: Domestic Drama in Early Modern England. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 21 0 . x 7 iv + 299 pages. $.06 .00 Rev iewe d by L a r a Dodd s How does dramaturgy articulate, and through that articulation, comment upon, changing social conditions? This is the question posed by Ann C. Chris - tensen’s Separation Scenes: Domestic Drama in Early Modern England, which argues that the separation scene, along with its dramatization of doors, win- dows, and other thresholds, serves as a means of interrogating developing ide- ologies of business, trade, and the separation of spheres. Focusing on v fi e early modern “domestic plays,” Christensen suggests that the resources of the stage metaphorize the anxieties of a rapidly changing economy through stories of absent husbands and unpartnered wives. In plays such as the anonymous Arden of Faversham or Heywood’s A Woman Killed with Kindness, plots of murder and ind fi elity hyperbolically represent the dangers of “business” as it alienates women from their husbands and eventually the social and moral order. The dramaturgical decision to represent marital relations through the separation

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Journal for Early Modern Cultural StudiesUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Oct 1, 2019

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