The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy

The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy

by Emma Smith
     
 

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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

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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 tragedy.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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 Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139801089
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/12/2010
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

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 University.

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