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The Roaring Girl

Thomas Middleton (author) Thomas Dekker (author)
Kelly Stage (editor)

ISBN: 9781554812134

Publication Date: Nov 2019

Format: Paperback

The titular Roaring Girl of Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker's comedy is Moll Cutpurse, a fictionalized version of a real person, Mary Frith, who attained legendary status in London by flouting gendered dress conventions, illegally performing onstage, and engaging in all sorts of transgressive behaviour.
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The titular Roaring Girl of Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker's comedy is Moll Cutpurse, a fictionalized version of a real person, Mary Frith, who attained legendary status in London by flouting gendered dress conventions, illegally performing onstage, and engaging in all sorts of transgressive behavior from smoking and swearing to stealing. In the course of The Roaring Girl's lively and complex plot of seduction and clever ruses, Moll shares her views on gender and sexuality, defends her own honor in a duel, and demonstrates her knowledge of London's criminal underworld. This edition of the play offers an informative introduction, thorough annotation, and a substantial selection of contextual materials related to the real Mary Frith, gender and cross-dressing, criminality in London, and more.

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  • Informative notes and glosses
  • Background contextual materials
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Reviews

"With its uncompromising cross-dressed heroine, and its cheerful disregard for conventional sexual mores, The Roaring Girl offers a winning specimen of early modern London's screwball comedy. Kelly Stage's terrific edition brings the play's rollicking schemes into sharp focus through clear accounts of its colorful language and historical references, juxtaposed with contemporary writings on cross-dressing, criminals, tobacco, and the real Moll Frith. This is a welcome resource for first-time readers and scholars alike." – Tanya Pollard, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

"Providing a nuanced and contextually sensitive introduction, Kelly Stage's excellent edition of The Roaring Girl will prove immensely valuable to undergraduate and graduate students alike. Especially useful is Stage's careful discussion of clothing transgression in relation to the complex gender and socioeconomic dynamics that shaped the play's composition and staging. The text includes extensive and detailed explanatory notes that will help students and newcomers unpackage what can be a challenging play. The edition concludes with an array of contemporary historical documents that offer contextual background on issues relating to cross-dressing, theater life, criminality, and material culture." – Matthew Kendrick, William Paterson University

Pages 222
Dimensions 216 x 140 x 11
Date Published 30 Nov 2019
Publisher Broadview Press
Subject/s Literary studies: plays & playwrights   British & Irish history   Plays, playscripts  
  • Introduction
  • The Roaring Girl or Moll Cutpurse
  • In Context
  • A. On Mary Frith's Life
  • B. On Theater, Gender, and Cross-Dressing
  • C. On Criminals
  • D. On London Life
Kelly Stage is associate professor and director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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