The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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Jr. Edited by Emma Smith
Cambridge University Press, 8/1/2010
EAN 9780521519373, ISBN10: 0521519373

Hardcover, 280 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

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.

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.