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Author(s): Homem, Rui Carvalho
Title: Misogyny or Misanthropy : the doubtful case of Ben Jonhson´s Epicoene
Publisher: Porto : Universidade do Porto. Faculdade de Letras
Issue Date: 2001 (número único)
Abstract: As its title suggests, Ben Jonson´s comedy Epicoene, or The Silent Woman lays a crucial emphasis on women´s identity and behaviour. Women in this play are satirized both as voluble embodiments of falsehood or depravity and as the agents of a ´monstrous´ and incompetently pursued will to power. But male characters also conspicuously fail to take on a normative status - as they are found to be either ´unnatural´ hen-pecked husbands, impotent and cowardly fools, or sadistic and amoral (though triumphant) rogues. The design of mi-sogynous satire is thus diluted with a more universal indictment, or else with misanthropy´s benevolent counterpart - a shoulder-shrugging moral relativism which can be recognised as a hallmark of later Jonsonian comedy.
Subject: Literatura inglesa
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Source: Revista da Faculdade de Letras : Estudos, 1, 2001 (número único), p.57
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Nacional
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FLUP - Artigo em Revista Científica Nacional

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