The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy

The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy

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Featuring essays by major international scholars, this Companion combines analysis of themes crucial to Renaissance tragedy with the interpretation of canonical and frequently taught texts. Part I introduces key topics, such as religion, revenge, and the family, and discusses modern performance traditions on stage and screen. Bridging this section with Part II is a chapter which engages with Shakespeare. It tackles Shakespeare's generic distinctiveness and how our familiarity with Shakespearean tragedy affects our appreciation of the tragedies of his contemporaries. Individual essays in Part II introduce and contribute to important critical conversations about specific tragedies. Topics include The Revenger's Tragedy and the theatrics of original sin, Arden of Faversham and the preternatural, and The Duchess of Malfi and the erotics of literary form. Providing fresh readings of key texts, the Companion is an essential guide for all students of Renaissance more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 6 b/w illus.
  • 113979678X
  • 9781139796781

Table of contents

Preface; Chronology; Part I. Themes: 1. Renaissance tragedy: theories and antecedents Mike Pincombe; 2. Tragedy, family and household Catherine Richardson; 3. Tragedy and the nation state Andrew Hadfield; 4. Tragedy and religion Alison Shell; 5. Tragedy and revenge Tanya Pollard; 6. Tragic subjectivities Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr; 7. Tragic forms Lucy Munro; 8. Tragedy and performance Lois Potter; 9. Renaissance tragedy on film: defying mainstream Shakespeare Pascale Aebischer; 10. Shakespeare and early modern tragedy Emma Smith; Part II. Readings: 11. The Spanish Tragedy and metatheatre Gregory M. Colon Semenza; 12. Dr Faustus: dramaturgy and disturbance Mark Thornton Burnett; 13. Edward II: Marlowe, tragedy and the sublime Patrick Cheney; 14. Arden of Faversham: tragic action at a distance Mary Floyd-Wilson; 15. The Revenger's Tragedy: original sin and the allures of vengeance Heather Hirschfield; 16. The Tragedy of Mariam: legitimacy and maternal authority Mary Beth Rose; 17. The Changeling and the dynamics of ugliness Gordon McMullan; 18. The Duchess of Malfi: tragedy and gender Judith Haber; 19. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore: the play of intertextuality Emily C. more

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"This collection will be valuable both to specialists in English Renaissance tragedy and to readers new to the field." -MARISSA GREENBERG,University of New Mexico ".. consists of essays on general topics, with emphasis on a wider range of plays than usual." -- Studies in English Literatureshow more

About Dr Emma Smith

Emma Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, University of Oxford. Garrett A. Sullivan Jr is Professor of English at Penn State more

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