Separation Scenes argues that the absence of husbands had as much of an impact as adultery, murder and the lavishly articulated operations of domestic life. Christensen analyzed five domestic plays — Arden of Faversham and A Warning for Fair Women (1590s), Thomas Heywood’s A Woman Killed with Kindness (1607), Thomas Middleton’s Women Beware Women (ca. 1613) and Walter Mountfort’s The Launching of the Mary, or The Seaman’s Honest Wife (1632) — and determined that domestic drama played an active role in deliberating the costs of commercial travel while also forcing realignments within the home.
Ann C. Christensen, PhD, associate professor of English teaches and publishes in the fields of early modern (or Renaissance) English studies; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Empire Studies. Specializing in 16th and 17th-century drama including Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, Christopher Marlowe, and others.