2007

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0113  Thursday, 8 February 2007

From: 		Hannibal Hamlin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 07 Feb 2007 15:46:03 -0500
Subject: 18.0093 Renaissance Tragedy
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0093 Renaissance Tragedy

I'd strongly recommend Terry Eagleton's Sacred Violence, especially 
because it so masterfully surveys and sifts the enormous number of prior 
theories about tragedy (as many as there are theorists).

On your last point of interest: does tragedy disappear with the Puritan 
revolution (and do you mean during it or after it?)?  I suppose with the 
closing of the theaters, tragedy is at least taken off the stage, but 
then so is everything else.  But don't the royalists cast the whole 
historical period as tragic?  Isn't Eikon Basilike a tragedy of sorts? 
Or is it that tragedy and Puritanism are incompatible?  But then what to 
do with Milton?  Leaping ahead in time and across the ocean, isn't The 
Scarlet Letter a kind of Puritan tragedy (or tragedy of Puritanism)?

Hannibal

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