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Renaissance Tragedy
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0140  Tuesday, 13 February 2007

From: 		Hannibal Hamlin <
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Date: 		Monday, 12 Feb 2007 16:06:38 -0500
Subject: 18.0133 Renaissance Tragedy
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0133 Renaissance Tragedy

Dear Carol,

I understand.  I suppose I was simply trying to draw out the original 
poster, who asked about books on tragedy, but then tucked in at the end 
that he was researching the disappearance of tragedy during the "Puritan 
Revolution" (and I know the full implications of those scare quotes 
too).  The further questions you add are just the sort of thing I had in 
mind.  I.e., what IS tragedy? what is the precise distinction between 
tragedy as genre and the tragic as we ordinarily use it-or indeed the 
tragic as a mode in Frye's sense?  The question of whether a Christian 
tragedy is an oxymoron is also intriguing.  My sense is that theorizing 
about tragedy is rather muddled, but it may be an interesting muddle 
nevertheless.  Certainly, as you say, tragedy seems alive and well, 
despite having been pronounced dead fairly regularly.

At any rate, I'm sorry if I caused any consternation with my rather 
off-the-cuff barrage of questions.

Hannibal

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