'Untruss a Point' - Interiority, Sword Combat, and Gender in The Roaring Girl

  • Matthew Charles Carter University of North Carolina, Greensboro


This article discusses the critical apparatus surrounding Dekker and Middleton’s well-known play The Roaring Girl. While previous discussions of the text have focused mostly on Moll’s cross-dressing, I instead look at Moll’s sword skills to show how the lascivious behaviour of London’s men produces her gender performance, which seems unruly by early modern standards. I also examine other rituals of gender construction that texture previous analyses of Moll.

Author Biography

Matthew Charles Carter, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Matt Carter (mccarte2@uncg.edu) is a lecturer in the English department at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is currently researching early modern masculinity through the lens of exercise routines.