The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy (Google eBook)

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Emma Smith, Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr.
Cambridge University Press, Aug 12, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 274 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

theories and antecedents
3
Tragedy family and household
17
Tragedy and the nation state
30
Tragedy and religion
44
Tragedy and revenge
58
Tragic subjectivities
73
Tragic forms
86
Tragedy and performance
102
dramaturgy and disturbance
163
Marlowe tragedy and the sublime
174
tragic action at a distance
188
Original Sin and the allures of vengeance
200
political legitimacy and maternal
211
The Changeling and the dynamics of ugliness
222
tragedy and gender
236
the play of intertextuality
249

defying mainstream Shakespeare
116
Shakespeare and early modern tragedy
132
The Spanish Tragedy and metatheatre
153

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About the author (2010)

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

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