Conference Papers, Essays

Antonio’s Revenge: The Metatheatrical Ghost

In this paper, I argue that throughout Antonio's Revenge Marston establishes a clear relationship between the appearances of ghostly characters and glaring shifts in his play’s tonal register. Specifically, ghosts – primarily the recurring figure of Andrugio – appear to both signpost and facilitate a gloriously self-aware metatheatrical undercurrent designed to entertain and emotionally unsettle the audience in equal measure. 

Essays

“I depart laughing”: Living Death in the “The Lady’s Tragedy”

Few plays explore the rich dramatic potential of living death as explicitly as Thomas Middleton’s The Lady's Tragedy (or, The Second Maiden’s Tragedy, as the play is sometimes known), a tragedy that in the first three acts alone presents suicide, grave-robbing, defiled corpses, and ghosts. Middleton did *not* do these things by halves.

Essays

A Post About That One Time the Country was Ruled by a Zombie Queen, or, Elizabeth’s BDE (Big Dead Energy)

How powerful a ruler was Queen Elizabeth I? Not even the inconvenience of being dead could prevent her from ordering people around. Or from exploding. In the month between her death and her funeral, the late Queen flaunted Big Dead Energy like no one else...