The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

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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 Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139801089
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 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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Table of Contents

List of illustrations

List of contributors

Preface

Chronology

PART I THEMES

1 English Renaissance tragedy: theories and antecedents Mike Pincombe Pincombe, Mike 3

2 Tragedy, family and household Catherine Richardson Richardson, Catherine 17

3 Tragedy and the nation state Andrew Hadfield Hadfield, Andrew 30

4 Tragedy and religion Alison Shell Shell, Alison 44

5 Tragedy and revenge Tanya Pollard Pollard, Tanya 58

6 Tragic subjectivities Garrett A. Sullivan Jr. Sullivan, Garrett A., Jr. 73

7 Tragic forms Lucy Munro Munro, Lucy 86

8 Tragedy and performance Lois Potter Potter, Lois 102

9 Renaissance tragedy on film: defying mainstream Shakespeare Pascale Aebischer Aebischer, Pascale 116

10 Shakespeare and early modern tragedy Emma Smith Smith, Emma 132

PART II READINGS

11 The Spanish Tragedy and metatheatre Gregory M. Colon Semenza Semenza, Gregory M. Colon 153

12 Doctor Faustus: dramaturgy and disturbance Mark Thornton Burnett Burnett, Mark Thornton 163

13 Edward II: Marlowe, tragedy and the sublime Patrick Cheney Cheney, Patrick 174

14 Arden of Faversham: tragic action at a distance Mary Floyd-Wilson Floyd-Wilson, Mary 188

15 The Revenger's Tragedy: Original Sin and the allures of vengeance Heather Hirschfeld Hirschfeld, Heather 200

16 The Tragedy of Mariam: political legitimacy and maternal authority Mary Beth Rose Rose, Mary Beth 211

17 The Changeling and the dynamics of ugliness Gordon McMullan McMullan, Gordon 222

18 The Duchess of Malfi: tragedy and gender Judith Haber Haber, Judith 236

19 ÃTis Pity She's a Whore: the play of intertextuality Emily C. Bartels Bartels, Emily C. 249

Index 261

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