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Author Orlin, Lena Cowen.
Title Private matters and public culture in post-Reformation England / Lena Cowen Orlin.
Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1994.

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Series ACLS Humanities E-Book (Series)
Subject Domestic drama, English -- History and criticism.
Patriarchy -- England -- History.
Property -- England -- History.
Privacy -- England -- History.
Public opinion in literature.
Privacy in literature.
Reformation -- England.
England -- Social life and customs -- 17th century.
England -- Social life and customs -- 16th century.
Culture History
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 309 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-297) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. The Place of the Private. Alyce Ardern's Rapes -- Ch. 2. Patriarchalism and Its Discontents. Patriarchalism in Practice -- Ch. 3. Virtue and Domestic Interest. The Key and the Cogito -- Ch. 4. Domestic Abdications. Impertinent Tragedies.
Summary According to Holinshed's Chronicles, Thomas Arden was murdered by his wife, her lover, and several accomplices in 1551. Holinshed apologizes for including in his state history what seems to be "but a private matter," although at the same time he asserts that the "horribleness" of the act justifies public retelling. Alice Arden's crime was popularized in Arden of Feversham (1592), a play that initiated the genre of domestic tragedy and thrust private conflict onto the stage of public discourse.
Weaving a complex tapestry out of intellectual history and literary analysis, Lena Cowen Orlin examines how the private issues of contentious marital relations and household governance became public - through conduct manuals, sermons, political tracts, and philosophical treatises, as well as domestic tragedies - in the culture of post-Reformation England. Orlin first draws on rich archival evidence in telling the story of the Ardens.
Although Arden of Feversham fulfilled the conservative project of confirming patriarchal authority in the home at a time of social upheaval, Orlin finds that later domestic tragedies such as A Woman Killed with Kindness and Othello were less predictable in their aims.
And while other forms of public literature provided blueprints for ordering the household, domestic tragedies continued to reveal the tensions lying under the surface there: inconsistencies in the prescribed role of women, contradictions within patriarchal ideology, conflicts between political and economic interests in the household, inadequacies in the old ideals of friendship and benefice, and anxieties about the control of material possessions.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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ISBN 0801428580
OCLC # 624455972
Additional Format Print version: Orlin, Lena Cowen. Private matters and public culture in post-Reformation England. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1994 0801428580 (DLC) 94001035 (OCoLC)29703733