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The Female Hero in English Renaissance Tragedy


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About this book


This book focuses on female tragic heroes in England from c.1610 to c.1645. Their sudden appearance can be linked to changing ideas about the relationships between bodies and souls; men's bodies and women's; marriage and mothering; the law; and religion. Though the vast majority of these characters are closer to villainesses than heroines, these plays, by showing how misogyny affected the lives of their central characters, did not merely reflect their culture, but also changed it.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversityUK

About the authors

LISA HOPKINS is reader in English at Sheffield Hallam University. Her previous books include Writing Renaissance Queens, Christopher Marlowe: A Literary Life, The Shakespearean Marriage: Merry Wives and Heavy Husbands and John Ford's Political Theatre.

Bibliographic information


'Hopkins's careful and acute interpretations of many canonical and less familiar plays are...impressive for their lucidity and ease.' - Emma Smith, Times Literary Supplement

'As always, Hopkins's writing is engaging and accessible...Highly recommended.' - B.E. Brandt, Choice