The Spanish Tragedy

A Critical Reader
Author: Thomas Rist
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472522842
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 320
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The Spanish Tragedy was the first 'revenge tragedy' on the English Renaissance stage: but for its influence, major dramas including The Revenger's Tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi and even Hamlet would not exist as they do. It is thus a key text for the study of Renaissance drama and normally appears in introductory undergraduate courses on Renaissance drama and Shakespeare. Despite its initial smash-hit status, after the closing of the theatres in 1642 the play was only once performed in Britain before its gradual revival in the 20th century. Following its first professional performance in 1973, the play has come to be recognised as a Renaissance classic, receiving frequent performance. This volume will bring together its most insightful and influential modern scholars to produce an edition read both by experts in the field and lovers of Thomas Kyd's drama.

Shakespeare Survey: Volume 59, Editing Shakespeare

Author: Peter Holland
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521868386
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 395
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Published with academic researchers and graduate students in mind, this volume of the 'Shakespeare Survey' presents a number of contributions on the theme of editing Shakespeare's works.

Beyond The Spanish Tragedy

A Study of the Works of Thomas Kyd
Author: Lukas Erne
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719060939
Category: Drama
Page: 252
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Thomas Kyd is arguably Shakespeare's most important tragic predecessor. Fusing the drama of the academic and popular traditions, Thomas Kyd's plays are of central importance for understanding how the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries came about. Called an extraordinary dramatic genius by T.S. Eliot, Thomas Kyd invented the revenge tragedy genre that culminated in Shakespeare's Hamlet some 12 years later. In Lukas Erne's book, The Spanish Tragedy - the most popular of all plays on the English Renaissance stage - receives the extensive scholarly and critical treatment it deserves, including a full reception and modern stage history.

The Spanish Tragedy

Authoritative Text , Sources and Contexts, Criticism
Author: Thomas Kyd
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9780393934007
Category: Drama
Page: 289
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Thomas Kyd's highly influential and popular revenge play is now available in a richly documented and critically engaging Norton Critical Edition.

Four Revenge Tragedies

The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore and The White Devil
Author: Thomas Kyd,ANON ANON,John Ford,John Webster
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472573587
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 600
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Francis Bacon described revenge as a 'kind of wild justice'. Then as now, early modern playwrights and their theatre-going public were fascinated by the anarchic energies that a desire for retribution unleashes. Rather than rehearsing familiar conventions, each of these plays presents a unique social and cultural milieu where dark fantasies of revenge are variously played out. In Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy a grieving father seeks public justice for the murder of his son by envious princelings. When his attempts are thwarted he turns a court spectacle of murder into the 'real' thing. Blackly comic in its tone and style, The Revenger's Tragedy (anon.) presents vengeance as mimetic art, witty and cruel. Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore represents an innovative re-working of the genre as a brother's love for his sister leads to his spectacular revenge on his rival, her husband, in a society in which brutal retaliation for perceived wrong is the norm. In Webster's The White Devil crimes of passion ignite revenge in the courts of the Italian city states. This student edition contains fully annotated, modernized texts of each play together with an introduction discussing the dramatic and poetic style of each play, focusing on its action and play of ideas.

Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages

Author: Tanya Pollard
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192511610
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 320
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Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages argues that ancient Greek plays exerted a powerful and uncharted influence on early modern England's dramatic landscape. Drawing on original research to challenge longstanding assumptions about Greek texts' invisibility, the book shows not only that the plays were more prominent than we have believed, but that early modern readers and audiences responded powerfully to specific plays and themes. The Greek plays most popular in the period were not male-centered dramas such as Sophocles' Oedipus, but tragedies by Euripides that focused on raging bereaved mothers and sacrificial virgin daughters, especially Hecuba and Iphigenia. Because tragedy was firmly linked with its Greek origin in the period's writings, these iconic female figures acquired a privileged status as synecdoches for the tragic theater and its ability to conjure sympathetic emotions in audiences. When Hamlet reflects on the moving power of tragic performance, he turns to the most prominent of these figures: 'What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba/ That he should weep for her?' Through readings of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporary dramatists, this book argues that newly visible Greek plays, identified with the origins of theatrical performance and represented by passionate female figures, challenged early modern writers to reimagine the affective possibilities of tragedy, comedy, and the emerging genre of tragicomedy.

Doing Kyd

A Collection of Critical Essays on Thomas Kyd's the Spanish Tragedy
Author: Senior Lecturer in English - Shakespeare Cinpoes Nicoleta,Nicoleta Cinpoes
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780719083822
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 244
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Doing Kyd approaches The Spanish Tragedy and its author as being at the heart of heated social, political and theatrical life in the early modern period. The novelty of the collection is three-fold. It 'does Kyd' in the broadest sense: in wide-ranging essays, contributors look at the play's immediate impact and its legacy; at textual and contextual reception; at stage productions; at issues from genre to gender; at editing - not just for the page but also for the stage and screen. It 'does justice' to Kyd in that it explores what, to date, has remained less trodden territory: the stage life and afterlife of The Spanish Tragedy - on the sixteenth-century stage and in subsequent performance in England and abroad, finishing with the play's most recent production in 2013. Finally, it 'undoes Kyd' as the book's contributors revisit their own encounters with the play and propose new and exciting interpretive approaches. For lecturers and students of early modern drama, this volume works as a historical and critical companion to recent editions of the play, such as Arden (2013). It provides invaluable insiders' accounts for editors and performance historians with particular interest in non-Shakespeare drama. Last but not least, it is of interest to dramaturges and translators of early modern drama, at a time of renewed and reviewed interest in the period and its canon. Interdisciplinary in approach and accessible in style, the volume provides knowledge of the play and a detailed handbook that will serve teachers and students alike. Contributors include Philip Edwards, editor of the play, whose 1959 edition established Kyd as a key dramatist and the principles of editing non-Shakespeare Renaissance drama. The latest editors of the play, Simon Barker and Jesus Tronch, discuss editing The Spanish Tragedy in the twenty-first century. Jonathan Bate places Kyd's work in the context of the genre of revenge tragedy and the opening of theatres in England and Clara Calvo, Frank Ardolino, Ton Hoenselaars and Helmut Helmer discuss the play in the wider early modern European context. Performance scholars Tony Howard and Carol Chillington Rutter cover the stage history of the play by juxtaposing early modern and modern performance accounts.

The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy

Author: Emma Smith,Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 113982547X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
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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.

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy

Author: Michael Neill,David Schalkwyk
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198724195
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 955
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This handbook brings together 54 essays by scholars from all parts of the world. It offers a fresh and comprehensive understanding of Shakespeare tragedies as both works of literature and as performance texts, written by a playwright who was himself an experienced actor.

Seizures of the Will in Early Modern English Drama

Author: Frank Whigham
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521564496
Category: Drama
Page: 316
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Frank Whigham presents a detailed and innovative analysis of five English Renaissance plays, set in the context of social rank, gender, kinship, and service relationships. The Spanish Tragedy and The Duchess of Malfi, set at court, explore fantasies of the lurid and decadent life at the center of national culture. Arden of Faversham, The Miseries of Enforced Marriage, and A Yorkshire Tragedy examine the collisions between traditional rural values and newfangled behavior brought from London.

Romeo und Julia (Zweisprachige Ausgabe: Deutsch-Englisch)

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Musaicum Books
ISBN: 8027214718
Category: Drama
Page: 304
View: 1991

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Die Tragödie spielt in der italienischen Stadt Verona und handelt von der Liebe Romeos und Julias, die zwei verfeindeten Familien angehören, den Montagues (Romeo) beziehungsweise den Capulets (Julia). - Romeo and Juliet is an enduring tragic love story written by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1594 or 1595. It about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) war ein englischer Dramatiker, Lyriker und Schauspieler. Seine Komödien und Tragödien gehören zu den bedeutendsten und am meisten aufgeführten und verfilmten Bühnenstücken der Weltliteratur. - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

Celebrating Shakespeare

Commemoration and Cultural Memory
Author: Clara Calvo,Coppélia Kahn
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107042771
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 416
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This book explores how Shakespeare is still alive as a global cultural icon, on the 400th anniversary of his death.

Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

Text and Performance
Author: Pamela Bickley,Jenny Stevens
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472577159
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 352
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Where does Shakespeare fit into the drama of his day? Getting to know the work of Shakespeare's contemporaries offers an insight into Elizabethan and Jacobean preoccupations and the theatrical climate of the early modern period. This book provides an essential overview of some major dramatic works from their stage origins to today's screen productions. Each chapter includes: · a detailed analysis of a play by Shakespeare considered alongside a key work by one other significant playwright of the day (including The Merchant of Venice, Volpone, The Spanish Tragedy, Titus Andronicus, Othello, The Changeling, Romeo and Juliet, The Duchess of Malfi, Measure for Measure, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tragedy of Mariam, Doctor Faustus and Hamlet) · close reading of the text · discussion of early modern theatrical practices · a focus on one ground-breaking example of early modern drama on screen · suggestions for links with other early modern texts and further reading This book provides a route map to the very latest developments in early modern drama studies, fostering confident and independent thinking, making it an ideal introduction for students of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Blood and Home in Early Modern Drama

Domestic Identity on the Renaissance Stage
Author: Ariane M. Balizet
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317961951
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 198
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In this volume, the author argues that blood was, crucially, a means by which dramatists negotiated shifting contours of domesticity in 16th and 17th century England. Early modern English drama vividly addressed contemporary debates over an expanding idea of "the domestic," which encompassed the domus as well as sex, parenthood, household order, the relationship between home and state, and the connections between family honor and national identity. The author contends that the domestic ideology expressed by theatrical depictions of marriage and household order is one built on the simultaneous familiarity and violence inherent to blood. The theatrical relation between blood and home is far more intricate than the idealized language of the familial bloodline; the home was itself a bloody place, with domestic bloodstains signifying a range of experiences including religious worship, sex, murder, birth, healing, and holy justice. Focusing on four bleeding figures—the Bleeding Bride, Bleeding Husband, Bleeding Child, and Bleeding Patient—the author argues that the household blood of the early modern stage not only expressed the violence and conflict occasioned by domestic ideology, but also established the home as a site that alternately reified and challenged patriarchal authority.


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Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Academic libraries
Page: N.A
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Reformations of the Body

Idolatry, Sacrifice, and Early Modern Theater
Author: J. Waldron
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137313129
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 296
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This project takes the human body and the bodily senses as joints that articulate new kinds of connections between church and theatre and overturns a longstanding notion about theatrical phenomenology in this period.

Early Modern English Drama

A Critical Companion
Author: Garrett A. Sullivan,Patrick Gerard Cheney,Patrick Cheney,Andrew Hadfield
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195153866
Category: Drama
Page: 338
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Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion presents twenty-seven analytical essays on individual plays from the early modern period. Each essay is written by a leading scholar and examines a play in terms of a cultural or literary topic, from London to the law, servants to sovereigns, and geography to religion. Incorporating current perspectives in critical studies, the essays address issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and colonialism, as well as key aspects of intellectual and social history, including humanism, science, the law, and theology. Featuring the authors and plays most often taught in college courses, Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion is an ideal supplement to both primary texts and anthologies of Renaissance drama. It offers extensive coverage of works by Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, and William Shakespeare and also analyzes plays by Francis Beaumont, Elizabeth Cary, John Fletcher, John Ford, Thomas Kyd, Henry Medwall, Thomas Middleton, William Rowley, John Webster, and others. The book is structured around authors and their works, which are related to the issue or topic in question. The essays are organized chronologically according to the dates of composition, performance, or publication of the plays discussed. This design corresponds perfectly with courses in which students first read a primary text and then expand their understanding of the work with detailed critical commentary that provides historical and cultural context. Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion is enhanced by a general introduction that looks at the conditions of playgoing in early modern England, recommended reading lists at the end of each chapter, a chronology of Renaissance drama tailored to the book's contents, and brief biographies of the included authors.

'Tis Pity She's A Whore

A critical guide
Author: Lisa Hopkins
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441176217
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 208
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John Ford's tragedy 'Tis Pity She's A Whore was first performed between 1629 and 1633 and since then its themes of incest, love versus duty and forbidden passion have made it a widely studied and performed, if controversial, play. This guide offers students an introduction to its critical and performance history, including TV and film adaptations. It includes a keynote chapter outlining major areas of current research on the play and four new critical essays. Finally, a guide to critical, web-based and production-related resources and an annotated bibliography provide a basis for further individual research.