Abstract

In the topsy-turvy world of Thomas Middleton's city comedies, it is the self-conscious deceivers who achieve credit, measured not by their honesty or their ability to repay outstanding debt but rather by their potential to create believable fictions around themselves. Though plays such as The Roaring Girl, Michaelmas Term, A Trick to Catch the Old One, and A Mad World, My Masters seem to depict a world in which forms of religious belief give way to widespread commodification of human desire, Middleton integrates Protestant strategies of determining credibility in his depiction of mercantile London.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1522-9270
Print ISSN
0039-3657
Pages
pp. 403-426
Launched on MUSE
2007-06-11
Open Access
No
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