Grizans, Mary Ann Books

Bloody Signifiers - A Body for a Word on the Renaissance Stage
1997 3-7052-0134-4
Explores diseased and mortified bodies in English Renaissance plays usually critically dismissed as gratuitous, decadent, or sensationalistic, and considers the signifying capability of these bodies within the plays, to account for the plays' 'horrific' qualities. Offers psychoanalytic reading of the madness, ghosts, death and violence. Will be of interest to psychoanalytic literary critics, and to scholars and artists specializing in Renaissance drama. Plays include The Maids Tragedie (Beaumont & Fletcher) ; Philaster Or, Love lies a Bleeding (Beaumont & Fletcher) ; Bussy D'Ambois: A Tragedie (Chapman); The Spanish Tragedie (Kyd); The Tragedie of Philotas (Daniel); The Dutchesse of Malfy (Webster); 'Tis Pitty Shee's a Whore (Ford); and The Atheist's Tragedie (Tourneur).