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2012 | 9 | 137-150
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“Virtue’s eternal spring”: The management of time in Thomas Middleton’s Masque of Heroes

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In his Masque of Heroes (1619), a festive entertainment commissioned by the gentlemen of the Inner Temple, Thomas Middleton glorifies and immortalises his performers and audience, using strategies of temporal manipulation constitutive for the entire masquing genre. The conventional images of disorder opening court entertainments are here clearly time-related and complemented with the notion of humanity’s subjection to time; the masque-specific vision of harmony involves an ephiphanic scenic display of the costumed Templars, described as heroes “in lasting honour spher’d.” Investigating Middleton’s careful management of temporal relationships evolved in the entertainment in question, this article aims to prove that his Inner Temple commission – which has not attracted much critical attention – is an epitomic example of the quasi-theatrical genre referred to as the Stuart masque, where the timeless realm exposed on the stage was supposed to spread out into the auditorium, eventually detemporalising the spectators.
Contributors
  • Instytut Anglistyki i Amerykanistyki, Uniwersytet Gdański, agnikol@o2.pl
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Document Type
Publication order reference
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1732-1220
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bwmeta1.element.desklight-63704f08-bcd2-4930-a324-a2597e0403a2
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