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The Cambridge companion to English Renaissance tragedy / edited by Emma Smith and Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr.

  • Author

    Sullivan, Garrett A

    Smith, Emma Josephine

  • Date published

    2010

  • Publisher

    New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

  • Subject

    English drama Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 History and criticism

    English drama 17th century History and criticism

    English drama (Tragedy) History and criticism

    Renaissance England

General note: Includes index. Formatted contents note: Machine generated contents note: Preface; Chronology; Part I. Themes: 1. Renaissance tragedy: theories and antecedents Mike Pincombe; 2. Tragedy, family and household Catherine Richardson; 3. Tragedy and the nation state Andrew Hadfield; 4. Tragedy and religion Alison Shell; 5. Tragedy and revenge Tanya Pollard; 6. Tragic subjectivities Garrett A. Sullivan Jr; 7. Tragic forms Lucy Munro; 8. Tragedy and performance Lois Potter; 9. Renaissance tragedy on film: defying mainstream Shakespeare Pascale Aebischer; 10. Shakespeare and early modern tragedy Emma Smith; Part II. Readings: 11. The Spanish Tragedy and metatheatre Gregory M. Colo┬┤n Semenza; 12. Dr Faustus: dramaturgy and disturbance Mark Thornton Burnett; 13. Edward II: Marlowe, tragedy and the sublime Patrick Cheney; 14. Arden of Faversham: tragic action at a distance Mary Floyd-Wilson; 15. The Revenger's Tragedy: original sin and the allures of vengeance Heather Hirschfield; 16. The Tragedy of Mariam: legitimacy and maternal authority Mary Beth Rose; 17. The Changeling and the dynamics of ugliness Gordon McMullan; 18. The Duchess of Malfi: tragedy and gender Judith Haber; 19. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore: the play of intertextuality Emily C. Bartels. Summary, etc: "Written by major international scholars, this Companion combines analysis of topics 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, uniquely, discusses modern performance traditions on stage and screen. Bridging this section with Part II is a chapter which engages with Shakespeare's generic distinctiveness as well as the difficulties our familiarity with Shakespearean tragedy engenders for our appreciation of the tragedies of his contemporaries. Individual essays in Part II introduce important critical conversations about specific canonical tragedies and provide their own contributions to those discussions. 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"-- Provided by publisher. "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"-- Provided by publisher.