- List of Figures
- List of Contributors
- Unintroduction: Middletonian Dissensus
- Thomas Middleton's Shelf Life
- Playing With Space:Making A Public In Middleton'S Theatre
- History ∙ Plays ∙ Genre ∙ Games
- Middleton's Collaborators In Music And Song
- Passionate Tunes For Amorous Poems: Middleton's Way With Music
- Playing With Boys On Middleton's Stage—and Ours
- Middleton's Historical Imagination
- Middleton And Dance
- The Ecology Of The Passions In A Chaste Maid In Cheapside and The Changeling
- Middleton And Caroline Theatre
- ‘Time's Comic Sparks’: The Dramaturgy Of A Mad World, My Masters And Timon Of Athens
- ‘My Cloak's A Stranger; He Was Made But Yesterday’: clothing, language, and the construction of theatre in middleton
- ‘Old Dad Dead?’: The Rise Of The Neo-Noir ‘Heritage’ Film, Or, Middleton With A View
- ‘Nimble In Damnation, Quick In Tune’: Vice and The Revenger's Tragedy
- Middletonian Stylistics
- Tragicomic Men
- Middleton And Usury
- Middleton, Plautus, And The Ethics Of Comedy
- ‘More Lies Than True Tales’:Scepticism In Middleton'S Mock-Almanacs
- Staging Muteness in Middleton
- Middleton'S Language Machine
- Middleton and the Theatre of Emergency
- Middleton And the Culture of Courtesy
- Playwright to Playwright: The Changeling
- Middleton and Spain
- Wisdom in Reverse
- Middleton and Mimetic Desire
- Thomas Middleton, William Shakespeare, and the Masculine Grotesque
- Middleton as Poet
- The Emotions Of Tragedy: Middleton Or Shakespeare?
- Giving Revenger's Its Due
- Middleton's Imagination
- Middleton And The Continent
- ‘It's a Whole Different Sex!’: Women Performing Middleton On The Modern Stage
- Middleton And Ecological Change
- ‘The Lure Of A Taffeta Cloak’: Middleton's Sartorial Seduction in Your Five Gallants
Abstract and Keywords
This article explores the plays A Mad World, My Masters and Timon of Athens, both of which examine the role of benevolence in the modern world. Generosity cues the subject of bonds, obligation, and reciprocity. Mad World and Timon are further connected dramaturgically by a central prop – the casket – which cements their explorations of fiscal and ethical bonds.
Laurie Maguire is Professor of English at Oxford University and a Fellow of Magdalen College. She is the author or editor of seven books; her most recent is Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood (Wiley–Blackwell, 2009).
Emma Smith is Fellow in English at Hertford College, Oxford, and has published widely on Shakespeare and early modern drama. She is currently editing a collection of revenge plays and writing on the First Folio.
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