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“The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover”

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 28, 2009

Literature professor and Renaissance scholar Dr. Stephannie Gearhart, who is teaching a unit on early modern Revenge Tragedies in this semester’s ENG 4060 English Renaissance Drama course has organized, along with a few of her students, a viewing of Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (1989). She writes:

If you don’t know it, The Cook… is a Revenge Tragedy-inspired film. So, if you’re familiar with Titus Andronicus, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Spanish Tragedy, or even plays like The Duchess of Malfi or The White Devil, you’ll have a sense of what you’re getting yourself into here. The movie stars Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon and is a fierce indictment of, among other things, the Thatcher years in Britain. It’s full of violence, excess, greed, sex, and more violence and is certainly not a movie for the weak-hearted. It’s absolutely beautiful and absolutely horrifying at the same time. (How’s that for appealing?)

The film viewing is on Friday October 30th 6:00-8:00 p.m. (approximate running time) in East Hall 114 and Stephannie extends an open invitation to anyone who’d like to attend. Because of limited space in East Hall 114, Stephannie requests that you please send her an email if you plan on attending. She can be reached at <>.


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