The European Tragedy of Troilus

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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.

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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)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors xi
Note on the Illustrations xii
Note on the Texts xiii
1. Antiquity and Beyond: The Death of Troilus 1
2. The Birth of Criseyde--An Exemplary Triangle: 'Classical' Troilus and the Question of Love at the Anglo-Norman Court 21
3. A Lyrical Version: Boccaccio's Filostrato 49
4. The Fall of Troy in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Troilus and Criseyde 75
5. Comedy and Tragedy in Troilus and Criseyde 95
6. Classical and Medieval Elements in Chaucer's Troilus 111
7. Chaucer's Troilus: Philosophy and Language 133
8. True Troilus and False Cresseid: The Descent from Tragedy 153
9. From 'History' to 'Tragedy': The Story of Troilus and Criseyde in Lydgate's Troy Book and Henryson's Testament of Cresseid 171
10. Fragments and Scraps: Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida 199
11. Shakespeare and Chaucer: 'What is Criseyde worth?' 219
12. 'To Make that Maxim Good': Dryden's Shakespeare 243
13. Eros and Thanatos: Cressida, Troilus, and the Modern Age 281
Index 307
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