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Ford: 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore

In this course, Professor Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam) explores John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. The course begins by exploring the play’s central theme—incest—before moving on to consider the concepts of ‘heart’ and ‘blood’. After that, we turn to the presentation of religion in the play—thinking in particular about the characters of the Friar and the Cardinal—before turning to the concept of ‘knowing’ and ‘knowledge’ in the fourth module. In the final module, we think about the play’s minor characters and the various subplots that complement the central relationship of the play.


In this module, we explore the central theme of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore—incest.

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Hopkins, L. (2018, August 15). Ford: 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore - Incest [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Hopkins, L. "Ford: 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore – Incest." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,


Prof. Lisa Hopkins

Prof. Lisa Hopkins

Sheffield Hallam University