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Re: Origin of the "Romances"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2307  Wednesday, 20 November 2002

From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Nov 2002 13:11:45 -0000
Subject: 13.2290 Re: Origin of the "Romances"
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2290 Re: Origin of the "Romances"

>By the way, William Hazlitt (*The Characters of Shakespear's Plays*,
>1817) said Cymbeline "may be considered a dramatic romance"; and Francis
>Gentleman (*The Dramatic Censor*, 1770), in a review of Garrick's 1761
>staging of the play, complained that the plot of Cymbeline had "too
>strong a taint of romance."
>
>Lyn Wood

And even before this (although the word "Romance" isn't specifically
used), Jonson has the Scriviner at the beginning of _Bartholomew Fair_
say:

"He [Jonson] is loth to make Nature afraid in his Playes, like those
that beget Tales, Tempests, and such like Drolleries, to mixe his head
with other mens heeles ..."

Jonson the "naturalist" taking a swipe at Shakepeare's retreat from
"naturalism" in what later come to be called The Romances?

Robin Hamilon

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