Themes And Conventions Of Elizabethan Tragedy 2/Ed

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The first edition of this book formed the basis of the modern approach to Elizabethan poetic drama as a performing art, an approach pursued in subsequent volumes by Professor Bradbrook. Its influence has also extended to other fields; it has been studied by Grigori Kozintsev and Sergei Eisenstein for instance. Conventions of open stage, stylized plot and characters, and actors' traditions of presentation are realted to the special expectations which a rhetorical training produced in the listeners. The general discussion of tragic conventions is followed by individual studies of how these were used by Marlowe, Tourneur, Webster and Middleton. For this second edition, Professor Bradbrook has revised her material and written a new introduction. A new final chapter on performance and characterization describes the conventions of role-playing. Dramatists before and after Shakespeare are compared with him in their methods of showing a complex identity on stage. This chapter also considers the work of Marston, Chapman and Ford in relation to the themes and conventions studied in earlier chapters.
  

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Contents

CONVENTIONS OF PRESENTATION
8
CONVENTIONS OF ACTION
29
ELIZABETHAN HABITS OF READING
69
CONVENTIONS OP SPEECH
90
CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE
131
CYRIL TOURNBUR
158
JOHN WEBSTER
179
THOMAS MIDDLBTON
206
ART IN ELIZABETHAN DRAMA
233
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