R. A. Foakes (essay date 1962)
SOURCE: Foakes, R. A. “John Marston's Fantastical Plays: Antonio and Mellida and Antonio's Revenge.” Philological Quarterly 41, No. 1 (January 1962): 229-39.
[In the essay below, Foakes asserts that because Marston wrote plays for a child acting company, his revenge tragedies—Antonio and Mellida and Antonio's Revenge—are deliberate and overt parodies of the genre, in which child actors grotesquely mimic the performances of their adult peers.]
It is immediately apparent from the Induction to Antonio and Mellida that Marston was very consciously writing for children. The actors appear, parts in hand, to discuss the rôles they...
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