Radical Tragedy: Religion, Ideology and Power in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries / Edition 3

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When it was first published, Radical Tragedy was hailed as a groundbreaking reassessment of the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. An engaged reading of the past with compelling contemporary significance, Radical Tragedy remains a landmark study of Renaissance drama. The third edition of this critically acclaimed work includes a new foreword by Terry Eagleton and an extensive new introduction by the author.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A welcome new edition of a pathbreaking book complete with a brilliantly incisive and thought-provoking introduction that will enthuse a new generation of students. With an iconoclastic energy all too rare in academic circles, Dollimore fearlessly revalues his own project and poses questions central to the larger critical, cultural, and philosophical debates within English Studies, to which Radical Tragedy continues to make a major scholarly contribution.”—John Drakakis, University of Stirling

“I put this book right at the top. I read it with excitement and sustained interest throughout.”—David Bevington, University of Chicago

“Prefaced by a powerful, provocative essay that brings its argument bang up to date, this splendid new edition of Radical Tragedy puts its status as a classic of cultural-materialist criticism beyond question.”—Kiernan Ryan, Royal Holloway, University of London

“Some critical studies are full of insight, but not many of them are necessary. Radical Tragedy ranks among the necessary critical interventions of our time.”—Terry Eagleton, from the foreword

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822333470
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 1/2/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,506,175
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Dollimore is Professor of English at the University of York. His books include Death, Desire, and Loss in Western Culture; Sex, Literature, and Censorship; Political Shakespeare: Essays in Cultural Materialism (with Alan Sinfield); and Sexual Dissidence: Augustine to Wilde, Freud to Foucault.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
Pt. I Radical Drama: It's Contexts and Emergence
1 Contexts 3
2 Emergence: Marston's Antonio Plays a9c. 1599-1601) and Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (c. 1601-2) 29
Pt. II Structure, Mimesis, Providence
3 Structure: From Resolution to Dislocation 53
4 Renaissance Literary Theory : Two Concepts of Mimesis 70
5 The Disintegration of Providentialist Belief 83
6 Dr Faustus (c. 1589-92): Subversion Through Transgression 109
7 Mustapha (c. 1594-6): Ruined Aesthetic, Ruined Theology 120
8 Sejanus (1603): History and Realpolitik 134
9 The Revenger's Tragedy (c. 1606): Providence, Parody and Black Camp 139
Pt. III Man Decentred 153
10 Subjectivity and Social Process 153
11 Bussy D'Ambois (c. 1604): A Hero at Court 182
12 King Lear (c. 1605-6) and Essentialist Humanism 189
13 Antony and Cleopatra (c. 1607): Virtus under Erasure 204
14 Coriolanus (c. 1608): The Chariot Wheel and its Dust 218
15 The White Devil (1612): Transgression Without Virtue 231
Pt. IV Subjectivity: Idealism Versus Materialism
16 Beyond Essentialist Humanism 249
Notes 272
Bibliography of Work Cited 290
Index of Names and Texts 307
Index of Subjects 311
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