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ENG220 Measure for Measure

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Elizabeth Harvey

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ENG220 Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Measure for Measure authoritative text: first folio 1623 • • first performed 1604 for James I • genre: problem comedy • sources for central narrative: Cinthio’s Hecatommithi and George Whetstone’s closet drama Promos and Cassandra Renaissance Vienna • Catholic Vienna vs Protestant England • dissolution of monasteries (Henry VIII Head of Church of England, 1536) • Sonnet 74: Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang • Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn • Reformation Title • from Matthew 7:1 “judge not, that you be not judged... with what measure you meet, it will be measured to you again” • passage filled with repetition, active to passive Grammar of Justice • court • judge: just (right) + law + dic-us (speaking, speaker) sentence • • subject Instruments of Justice • prison • hanging, decapitation, torture (rack, press) • confession • 1.1 Duke Vincentio • of government the properties to unfold... I say, bid come before us Angelo • chastity • youre as pregnant as in art and practice... • visibility of pregnancy • what is inside begins to show • metaphors of male pregnancy (Angelo describe self as pregnant) ENG220 Wednesday, October 26, 2011 • Crooke’s Description of Bodies of a Man • female body description part to be read privately children give eternity, extend short lifetime, grow young again • • genitalia embedded with lust, natural, act of sex transports into state of ecstacy Lesbian Rule • ancient carpenter’s measure flexible enough to adapt to surface of irregula
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