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Cambridge Companions to Literature : The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy - Emma Smith

Cambridge Companions to Literature

The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy

By: Emma Smith (Editor), Garrett A. Sullivan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th August 2010
ISBN: 9780521734646
Number Of Pages: 294

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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.

"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

Renaissance tragedy: theories and antecedents
Tragedy, family and household
Tragedy and the nation state
Tragedy and religion
Tragedy and revenge
Tragic subjectivities
Tragic forms
Tragedy and performance
Renaissance tragedy on film: defying mainstream Shakespeare
Shakespeare and early modern tragedy
The Spanish Tragedy and metatheatre
Dr Faustus: dramaturgy and disturbance
Edward II: Marlowe, tragedy and the sublime
Arden of Faversham: tragic action at a distance
The Revenger's Tragedy: original sin and the allures of vengeance
The Tragedy of Mariam: legitimacy and maternal authority
The Changeling and the dynamics of ugliness
The Duchess of Malfi: tragedy and gender
'Tis Pity She's a Whore: the play of intertextuality
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ISBN: 9780521734646
ISBN-10: 0521734649
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 294
Published: 12th August 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1