The European Tragedy of Troilus

The European Tragedy of Troilus

by Piero Boitani, Boitani
     
 

This is the first study devoted to the story of Troilus and Cressida as it has developed through the ages and in various literatures. An international team of scholars examine the way in which the problems of love and death are faced in narrative, poetry, drama, and opera. They trace the story in its mythical form as it passed from the Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans

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This is the first study devoted to the story of Troilus and Cressida as it has developed through the ages and in various literatures. An international team of scholars examine the way in which the problems of love and death are faced in narrative, poetry, drama, and opera. They trace the story in its mythical form as it passed from the Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans into the hands of artists such as Benoit de Sainte Maure, Boccaccio, Chaucer, Henryson, Shakespeare, and Dryden, and as it was finally resurrected in the 20th century in America, England, and Germany. Analyzing the changes, both literary and more broadly imaginative, that minor and major writers have introduced, the book provides a truly intertextual and comparative approach.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198129707
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.02(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Contributorsxi
Note on the Illustrationsxii
Note on the Textsxiii
1.Antiquity and Beyond: The Death of Troilus1
2.The Birth of Criseyde--An Exemplary Triangle: 'Classical' Troilus and the Question of Love at the Anglo-Norman Court21
3.A Lyrical Version: Boccaccio's Filostrato49
4.The Fall of Troy in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Troilus and Criseyde75
5.Comedy and Tragedy in Troilus and Criseyde95
6.Classical and Medieval Elements in Chaucer's Troilus111
7.Chaucer's Troilus: Philosophy and Language133
8.True Troilus and False Cresseid: The Descent from Tragedy153
9.From 'History' to 'Tragedy': The Story of Troilus and Criseyde in Lydgate's Troy Book and Henryson's Testament of Cresseid171
10.Fragments and Scraps: Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida199
11.Shakespeare and Chaucer: 'What is Criseyde worth?'219
12.'To Make that Maxim Good': Dryden's Shakespeare243
13.Eros and Thanatos: Cressida, Troilus, and the Modern Age281
Index307

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