Feminine Transgression and Normal Domesticity

  • Stephen Guy-BrayEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)


This chapter looks at domestic life in The Duchess of Malfi and Arden of Faversham. Each of these plays is dominated by a female character and each has as its core a private domestic space. In each play, this space is ultimately destroyed by murderous impulses. In most other respects, the two plays are very different, but looking at them together permits a consideration of the relationship between women and the domestic sphere to which they were often relegated and of the different forms that feminine transgression may take.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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