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Elizabethan and Jacobean Revenge Tragedy
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0329  Monday, 22 June 2009

From:       Marshall Williamson <
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Date:       Saturday, 20 Jun 2009 18:17:58 EDT
Subject:    Elizabethan and Jacobean Revenge Tragedy

For a splendid discussion of Elizabethan and Jacobean Revenge Tragedy 
check the 18 June 09 programme on the BBC program 'In Our Time'. This is 
an uninterrupted forty-five minute discussion between Mr. Melvin Bragg, 
the Moderator-Host, and the contributors:

Jonathan Bate, Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at 
the University of Warwick

Julie Sanders, Professor of English Literature and Drama at the 
University of Nottingham

Janet Clare, Professor of Renaissance Literature at the University of Hull

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/inourtime/inourtime.shtml

These scholars are keen to point out the spectacular popularity of 'The 
Spanish Tragedy' of Thomas Kyd, the significance of the character of 
Hieronimo, and the precursors of Shakespeare, going back as far as Ovid 
and Seneca (in 'Thyestes', Atreus: 'Crime should have limit but not when 
it is repaid', all of Seneca's works having been published in England by 
1581), as well as the more direct predecessors in Thomas Kyd and 
Marston, and the effect that these preceding waves of theatre had on the 
new penning of 'Titus Andronicus'.

Highly recommended.

Marshall Williamson

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