Spanning a thirty-eight-mile canal, a walled reservoir, and a city-wide network of wooden mains, London’s New River altered terrain from Hertfordshire to the city. A vital shift in London’s spatial order attended these topographical changes, as public space became a private commodity. This essay compares Thomas Middleton’s allusions to the New River in his civic shows and city comedies, revealing his ambivalent attitude toward an increasingly profit-oriented city and his place in it.
Research Article|January 01 2013
Su Mei Kok; “How Many Arts from Such a Labour Flow”: Thomas Middleton and London’s New River. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 1 January 2013; 43 (1): 173–190. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10829636-1902585
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