Dr. Roxanne Grimmett

A Cuppe of Newes congratulates Dr. Roxanne Grimmett, who has recently been awarded a PhD for her thesis “Staging Silence: The Adulteress in Jacobean Drama and Morality Literature.”

Dr. Grimmett’s thesis examines the representation of adultery on the Jacobean stage and in early modern didactic literature – two genres that are more commonly viewed in opposition, since conduct book writers so frequently condemn the immorality of play-going. Yet, as her study demonstrates, the “sex tragedies” of Beaumont and Fletcher, Webster and Middleton actually reveal the perversely theatrical tone of the early modern conduct literature for women. By encouraging women to perform the external signifiers of virtue, rather than actually to be virtuous, these didactic works, the plays suggest, unwittingly encourage female performance and provide the perfect theatrical handbook for any woman – or even man – wishing to fake the appearance of feminine sexual purity.

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