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Ford: 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore

1. John Ford and Jacobethan and Caroline Drama

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Lecture

In this module, we look at John Ford himself, and the times in which he was writing. In particular, we think about his life in the Middle Temple (where he stayed for forty years as an occasional poet, pamphleteer, and latterly dramatist) as well as his literary output—including the last great history play, Perkin Warbeck, and two major tragedies, The Broken Heart and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore.

Course

In this course, Professor John Lennard explores John Ford’s 17th-century tragedy, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. The course begins by thinking about john Ford himself, about whom we know very little, and his literary output, before moving on to explore the structure and language of the play itself. In the fourth module, we focus on the central theme of the play—that of incest—while in the final module, we think about attitudes towards Ford’s play—and incest more generally—today.

Lecturer

Born in Bristol, and educated at Oxford and St Louis, Dr John Lennard has taught English, American, and Commonwealth Literature in Cambridge, London, and Jamaica over more than twenty years. He has written two widely used textbooks (on poetry and drama) and monographs on Shakespeare, Paul Scott, Nabokov, and Faulkner, as well as two collections of essays on contemporary genre writers in crime, science fiction and fantasy, and romance. Enthusiastic, discursive, widely knowledgeable, and a demon for punctuation (on which he has also published extensively), he has been a popular Summer School Course Leader and lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Education since 1992.

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Lennard, J. (2018, August 15). Ford: 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore - John Ford and Jacobethan and Caroline Drama [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/ford-tis-pity-she-s-a-whore/john-ford-and-jacobethan-and-caroline-drama

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Lennard, John. "Ford: 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore – John Ford and Jacobethan and Caroline Drama." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/ford-tis-pity-she-s-a-whore/john-ford-and-jacobethan-and-caroline-drama

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