The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast
A look at the life, legend, and literary figure of Mary Frith, aka Moll Cutpurse, 17th century English gender outlaw.
In this episode we talk about
- A brief biography and its sources
- Moll’s criminal and theatrical careers
- Moll’s gender performance and its reception
- The ambiguous evidence regarding Moll’s sexuality
- Blog entries that mention Mary Frith/Moll Cutpurse are tagged here.
- The edited edition of Mary Frith’s attributed diary is published as: Todd, Janet & Elizabeth Spearing ed. 1994. Counterfeit Ladies: The Life and Death of Mary Frith Case of Mary Carleton. William Pickering, London. ISBN 1-85196-087-2
- Ellen Galford’s novel Moll Cutpurse depicts her as enjoying a long-term same-sex relationship. I reviewed the novel here.
- The Roaring Girl by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker
- There is a version of the text of The Roaring Girl at archive.org, but the OCR version has not been cleaned up and is difficult to read.
- A full-cast audio production of The Roaring Girl is available from librivox.org here. Based on a brief sample, the performance appears to be highly professional and easy to follow.
- I found two complete (although not necessarily unabridged) productions of The Roaring Girl on YouTube. Both are amateur productions and of highly variable quality.
- The Roaring Girl – Noah McBrayer Jones’ MFA Candidacy Presentation Fall 2007 at American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse
- The Roaring Girl – performed by by the Students of West Suffolk College (sound volume is variable)
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