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Beggars' Commonwealths and the Pre-Civil War Stage: Suckling's "The Goblins," Brome's "A Jovial Crew," and Shirley's "The Sisters"

Julie Sanders
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 97, No. 1 (Jan., 2002), pp. 1-14
DOI: 10.2307/3735614
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3735614
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

This article explores the social and political contexts for Caroline dramatic representations of communities of beggars, bandits, and outlaws. The focus playtexts are Sir John Suckling's "The Goblins" (1640), Richard Brome's "A Jovial Crew", (1641), and James Shirley's "The Sisters" (1642). The intertexts and dramatic stereotypes with which these plays engage are considered, but so too are the topical resonances of the alternative communities they represent. The forest settings of all three dramas and their embedded discussions of government and rule will be seen to bear precise political and ideological meanings in the wake of Charles I's Personal Rule.

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