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The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy

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Emma Smith, Garrett A. Sullivan Jr, Mike Pincombe, Catherine Richardson, Andrew Hadfield, Alison Shell, Tanya Pollard, Lucy Munro, Lois Potter, Pascale Aebischer, Gregory M. Colón Semenza, Mark Thornton Burnett, Patrick Cheney, Mary Floyd-Wilson, Heather Hirschfield, Mary Beth Rose, Gordon McMullan, Judith Haber, Emily C. Bartels
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  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521519373

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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.

    • Contains informative readings of specific key texts, including The Duchess of Malfi and Dr Faustus, as well as topic-based essays
    • Situates Shakespeare within the broader context of Renaissance tragedy
    • Presents important historical information which is vital for students of this topic and also introduces scholarly work on tragedy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

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    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521519373
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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. Colón 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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Obsession and Violence in Elizabethan & Jacobean Tragedy
  • Editors

    Emma Smith, University of Oxford
    Emma Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, University of Oxford.

    Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr., Pennsylvania State University
    Garrett A. Sullivan Jr is Professor of English at Penn State University.

    Contributors

    Emma Smith, Garrett A. Sullivan Jr, Mike Pincombe, Catherine Richardson, Andrew Hadfield, Alison Shell, Tanya Pollard, Lucy Munro, Lois Potter, Pascale Aebischer, Gregory M. Colón Semenza, Mark Thornton Burnett, Patrick Cheney, Mary Floyd-Wilson, Heather Hirschfield, Mary Beth Rose, Gordon McMullan, Judith Haber, Emily C. Bartels

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