Sederi 22 — 2012
Berta Cano Echevarría & Ana Sáez-Hidalgo
Francisco J. Borge López
Paul J.C.M. Franssen, “Sites of transgression: The suburbs and the city in Thomas Dekker’s Shoemaker’s Holiday.” SEDERI 22 (2012): 139-154.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.34136/sederi.2012.7 Download PDF
The early modern binary of the virtuous City of London versus the sinful suburbs clashes with an older binary pitting the countryside against the city. At the same time, the forces of urbanization along with early capitalism were undermining both binaries. This article traces how this is reflected in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday. The play not only represents the City of London under Simon Eyre’s rule as, potentially, possessing all the virtues of the pastoral, but also suggests that the surrounding countryside, in particular the village of Old Ford, was being corrupted by city values. Dekker’s play, therefore, deconstructs simple dichotomies between country and city, showing how the two inevitably influence each other.
Keywords: Thomas Dekker; The Shoemaker’s Holiday; City Comedy; Countryside.
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