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The Tragic Heroine as ‘cõmoditie’: Iphigeneia by Lady Jane Lumley and The Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche, Trudie Messent

Lady Jane Lumley’s The Tragedie of Euripides called Iphigeneia translated out of the Greake into Englisshe refers to the mythical tragic heroine, Iphigeneia, as ‘cõmoditie’ to family and nation. The familial power politics surrounding Lady Lumley’s first cousin, Lady Jane Grey, resulted in the subject of Delaroche’s painting, The Execution of Lady Jane Grey. These artefacts exhibit parallels and contrasts; in particular, whilst both tragedies were precipitated by paternal actions, Lumley’s Iphigeneia focusses on the heroine as a commodity in a familial and national power discourse, whereas Delaroche concentrates on the ‘tragic heroine’ as an emotive historical and artistic commodity.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
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