The Duke’s Hospitable return in Measure for Measure
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Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure (1604) reveals the psycho-geographic importance of the city gates and their importance in the practice of hospitality. The Duke, his body disguised as a friar, demands his substitute Angelo to ‘meet him at the gates and redeliver our authorities there’ (IV.iv.4–5).1 When next the Duke appears at the beginning of Act Five, he is at ‘A public place near the city gate … in his own habit’ (V.i.0 SD). That is, his true body is revealed and his corporal significance transformed by coming into the city: he is returned as (sovereign) host by virtue of crossing the city threshold dressed as himself, instigating...
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Taylor-Collins, N. (2018) 'The Duke’s hospitable return in Measure for Measure', Notes and Queries, 65(4), pp.538-539. DOI: 10.1093/notesj/gjy160.
Article published in Notes and Queries on 16 October 2018, available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjy160.