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Illegitimate Power: Bastards in Renaissance Drama Alison Findlay

Illegitimate Power: Bastards in Renaissance Drama

Alison Findlay

Published December 1st 1994
ISBN : 9780719039911
Hardcover
282 pages
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In Renaissance drama, the bastard is often an extraordinarily powerful and disruptive figure. Drawing on a wide range of play texts, Findlay shows how illegitimacy encoded and threatened to deconstruct some of the basic tenets of patriarchal rule.MoreIn Renaissance drama, the bastard is often an extraordinarily powerful and disruptive figure. Drawing on a wide range of play texts, Findlay shows how illegitimacy encoded and threatened to deconstruct some of the basic tenets of patriarchal rule. She considers bastards as indicators and instigators of crisis in early modern England, reading them in relation to witchcraft, spiritual insecurities and social unrest in the family and State.