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Adulterous Alliances

Home, State, and History in Early Modern European Drama and Painting

Shakespeare, Vermeer, Lope de Vega, Molière, and Diderot dont usually keep company with one another. But in this acclaimed book, Richard Helgerson shows that each contributed to a common project of great significance: the artistic promotion of the middle-class home. In a study that stretches over two centuries, Helgerson looks beneath European drama and painting to reveal an unexpected prehistory of modern domesticity.

238 pages | 23 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2000

Art: European Art

History: British and Irish History, European History

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature, Romance Languages

Table of Contents

Introduction
ON THE MARGINS OF HISTORY
1. Murder in Faversham
2. Weeping for Jane Shore
3. The Buck Basket, the Witch, and the Queen of Fairies
AT HOME IN THE DUTCH REPUBLIC
4. Soldiers and Enigmatic Girls
FABLES OF ABSOLUTISM
5. The Liberty of Spanish Towns
6. From Tartuffe to the French Revolution
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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