The Spanish Tragedy

Author: Thomas Rist
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472522849
Release Date: 2016-10-20
Genre: Literary Criticism

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: 9780521868389
Release Date: 2006-10-12
Genre: Literary Criticism

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.

Four Revenge Tragedies

Author: Thomas Kyd
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781472573582
Release Date: 2014-05-08
Genre: Literary Criticism

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.

The Spanish Tragedy

Author: Thomas Kyd
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
ISBN: 0393934004
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Drama

Thomas Kyd's highly influential and popular revenge play is now available in a richly documented and critically engaging Norton Critical Edition.

Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages

Author: Tanya Pollard
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780192511614
Release Date: 2017-09-15
Genre: Literary Collections

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.

Beyond The Spanish Tragedy

Author: Lukas Erne
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 0719060931
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Drama

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.

Doing Kyd

Author: Senior Lecturer in English - Shakespeare Cinpoes Nicoleta
ISBN: 0719083826
Release Date: 2015-10-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

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 Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy

Author: Michael Neill
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198724193
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Literary Criticism

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: 0521564492
Release Date: 1996-01-26
Genre: Drama

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.

The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Tragedy

Author: Emma Smith
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139825474
Release Date: 2010-08-12
Genre: Literary Criticism

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.

Reformations of the Body

Author: J. Waldron
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137313126
Release Date: 2013-02-12
Genre: Performing Arts

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.


Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 9783843049382
Release Date: 2015-05-05
Genre: Drama

William Shakespeare: Cymbeline (Cymbeline) Die tragikomische Romanze in fünf Akten entstand um 1608 und wurde 1611 in London uraufgeführt. Der Erstdruck erfolgte 1623 in der sogenannten First Folio Ausgabe. Der junge Edelmann Posthumus heiratet heimlich Imogen, die Tochter des Königs Cymbeline, der daraufhin Posthumus von seinem Hof verbannt. Die anmutige Imogen muss am Hofe des Vaters bleiben und seinen Zorn ertragen, während Posthumus in Italien Laster und Intrige ausgesetzt ist und schließlich auf die Treue seiner zurückgelassenen Frau wettet. Die deutsche Erstaufführung erfolgte 1897 in München. Die in dieser Ausgabe zugrunde gelegte Übersetzung stammt von Dorothea Tieck und wurde erstmals 1832 bei Georg Andreas Reimer in Berlin gedruckt. Zur Schlegel-Tieck-Übersetzung: August Wilhelm Schlegel begann 1796 eine Gesamtübersetzung der Werke William Shakespeares, musste das Vorhaben jedoch 1810 nach 14 Dramen abbrechen. 1825 setzte Ludwig Tieck das Projekt unter Mitarbeit seiner ältesten Tochter Dorothea und Wolf Graf von Baudissins fort. 1833 schloss Dorothea Tieck mit der deutschen Fassung von Macbeth die bis heute als maßgeblich geltende sogenannte Schlegel-Tieck-Übersetzung ab. »Ich empfehle dringend die sogenannte Schlegel-Tieck-Übersetzung.« Marcel Reich-Ranicki Erstmals ins Deutsche übersetzt von Johann Joachim Eschenburg (1777). Die vorliegende Übersetzung stammt von Dorothea Tieck. Erstdruck in: Shakspeare's dramatische Werke. Übersetzt von August Wilhelm Schlegel. Ergänzt und erläutert von Ludwig Tieck, Bd. 9, Berlin (Georg Andreas Reimer) 1832. Vollständige Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2015. Textgrundlage ist die Ausgabe: William Shakespeare: Sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden. Band 2, Herausgegeben von Anselm Schlösser. Berlin: Aufbau, 1975. Die Paginierung obiger Ausgabe wird in dieser Neuausgabe als Marginalie zeilengenau mitgeführt. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Willi, Tim Tempelhofer, 2015. Gesetzt aus Minion Pro, 11 pt.