Early Modern Tragicomedy

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DS Brewer, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 216 pages
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Tragicomedy is one of the most important dramatic genres in Renaissance literature, and the essays collected here offer stimulating new perspectives and insights, as well as providing broad introductions to arguably lesser-known European texts. Alongside the chapters on Classical, Italian, Spanish, and French material, there are striking and fresh approaches to Shakespeare and his contemporaries -- to the origins of mixed genre in English, to the development of Shakespearean and Fletcherian drama, to periodization in Shakespeare's career, to the language of tragicomedy, and to the theological structure of genre. The collection concludes with two essays on Irish theatre and its interactions with the London stage, further evidence of the persistent and changing energy of tragicomedy in the period. Contributors: SARAH DEWAR-WATSON, MATTHEW TREHERNE, ROBERT HENKE, GERAINT EVANS, NICHOLAS HAMMOND, ROS KING, SUZANNE GOSSETT, GORDAN MCMULLAN, MICHAEL WINMORE, JONATHAN HOPE, MICHAEL NEILL, LUCY MUNRO, DEANA RANKIN
 

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Contents

Aristotle and Tragicomedy
15
Guarinis
28
Shakespeare and the Magical Pastoral
43
Tragicomedy in Spain
59
Defining Tragicomedy in SeventeenthCentury
76
Taking Pericles Seriously
101
Shakespearean Tragicomedy and
115
On the Linguistic Texture
133
Merchanting Apostasy and Tragicomic
154
Dublin Tragicomedy and London Stages
175
Sketching the Borders of Seventeenth Century
193
Index
209
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Subha Mukherji is a lecturer at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.

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