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The Language of Tragedy

McDonald, Russ. 2013. The Language of Tragedy. In: Claire McEachern, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 23-49. ISBN 978-1107643321 [Book Section]

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This revised and updated Companion acquaints the student reader with the forms, contexts, critical and theatrical lives of the ten plays considered to be Shakespeare's tragedies. Thirteen essays, written by leading scholars in Britain and North America, address the ways in which Shakespearean tragedy originated, developed and diversified, as well as how it has fared on stage, as text and in criticism. Topics covered include the literary precursors of Shakespeare's tragedies, cultural backgrounds, sub-genres and receptions of the plays. The book examines the four major tragedies and, in addition, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus and Timon of Athens. Essays from the first edition have been fully revised to reflect the most up-to-date scholarship; the bibliography has been extensively updated; and four new chapters have been added, discussing Shakespearean form, Shakespeare and philosophy, Shakespeare's tragedies in performance, and Shakespeare and religion.

Item Type: Book Section

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Dates:

DateEvent
2013Published

Item ID:

13387

Date Deposited:

15 Sep 2015 08:53

Last Modified:

19 Apr 2016 16:42

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/13387
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