Themes and Conventions of Elizabethan Tragedy
Foundation Books, 1973 - 275 pages
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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CONVENTIONS OF PRESENTATION
ELIZABETHAN HABITS OF READING
action actor Alsemero Antonio and Mellida Antonio's Revenge Atheist's Tragedy audience Barabas Beatrice-Joanna Bianca blood Bosola Brachiano Bussy Changeling Chapman chapter characters Charlemont clowns comedy convention criticism crown D’Amville death deﬁne Deﬂores dialogue disguise doth dramatists Duchess of Malﬁ Duke dumb show Edward Elizabethan drama English Faustus feeling ﬁgures ﬁnal ﬁrst fool Heaven hell hero Hippolito imagery images induction inﬂuence Isabella jew of Malta Jonson judgment kind King Lear language later Leantio lust Macbeth Malcontent Marlowe Marlowe's marriage Marston masque method Middleton moral murder narrative natural Othello passage patterned speech play plot poison Prologue reﬂection repentance Revels Revenge Revenge plays Revenger's Tragedy Richard Richard III role says scene Sejanus Shakespeare soliloquy soul Spanish Tragedy stage story subplot suggests Tamburlaine theatre thee theme thou tion Titus Andronicus Tourneur tragic verse villain Vindice Vindice's Vittoria Webster White Devil Women Beware Women writers Zenocrate