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Dramatizing home and memory: Lady Mary Sidney and Lady Mary Wroth

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Journal publication date2009
JournalHome Cultures
Journal number2
Volume6
Number of pages13
Pages135-147
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The article discusses two plays by noblewomen: Lady Mary Sidney Herbert's translation The Tragedy of Antony (1998[1591]) and Lady Mary Wroth's pastoral tragicomedy Love's Victory (1614-16), to explore how drama, as a genre, provides unique opportunities for remaking home as a woman's space. Irigaray's vision of woman's self-dispossession within the home and Elizabeth Grosz's injunction to recover a female-centered chora, provide a framework to read the texts. Drawing on the classical idea of a memory-theater, the article analyzes how the scripts creatively manipulate relationships between domestic venues and settings in order to reshape memories and promote alternative constructions of woman's place.