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Thomas Heywood and the Portrayal of Female Benefactors in Post-Reformation England

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Thomas Heywood and the Portrayal of Female Benefactors in Post-Reformation England

Tittler, Robert (2008) Thomas Heywood and the Portrayal of Female Benefactors in Post-Reformation England. Early Theatre, 11 (1). pp. 33-52. ISSN 1206-9078

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Abstract

A scene in Thomas Heywood’s If You Know Not Me, You Know Nobody (1606) has Alexander Nowell, Dean of St. Paul’s, showing his guests through his picture gallery. Amongst the ‘charitable citizens’ therin portrayed is Lady Mary Ramsay, a substantial benefactor herself, who asks why she should not be similarly depicted. That scene opens several windows onto Heywood’s time and also onto several themes repeatedly raised in Heywood’s oeuvre. They include the role of women in charitable benefactions, women as ‘urban heroes’, the positive benefits of urban society (often disparaged in that era), and the uses of portraiture itself in contemporary civic discourse.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > History
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Tittler, Robert
Journal or Publication:Early Theatre
Date:June 2008
ID Code:981437
Deposited By: DANIELLE DENNIE
Deposited On:01 Aug 2016 14:14
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:53
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