Metropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern England by Marissa GreenbergMetropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern England by Marissa Greenberg

Metropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern England

byMarissa Greenberg

Hardcover | April 15, 2015

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Breaking new ground in the study of tragedy, early modern theatre, and literary London, Metropolitan Tragedy demonstrates that early modern tragedy emerged from the juncture of radical changes in London's urban fabric and the city's judicial procedures. Marissa Greenberg argues that plays by Shakespeare, Milton, Massinger, and others rework classical conventions to represent the city as a locus of suffering and loss while they reflect on actual sources of injustice in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century London: structural upheaval, imperial ambition, and political tyranny.

Drawing on a rich archive of printed and manuscript sources, including numerous images of England's capital, Greenberg reveals the competing ideas about the metropolis that mediated responses to theatrical tragedy. The first study of early modern tragedy as an urban genre, Metropolitan Tragedy advances our understanding of the intersections between genre and history.

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Marissa Greenberg is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of New Mexico.

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Title:Metropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern EnglandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.77 inPublished:April 15, 2015Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442648805

ISBN - 13:9781442648807

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Topography, Murder, and Early Modern Domestic Tragedy

2. Translatio Metropolitae and Early English Revenge Tragedy

3. Tyrant Tragedy and the Tyranny of Tragedy in Stuart London

4. Noise, the Great Fire, and Milton's Samson Agonistes

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Breaking new ground in the study of tragedy, early modern theatre, and literary London, Metropolitan Tragedy demonstrates that early modern tragedy emerged from the juncture of radical changes in London's urban fabric and the city's judicial procedures. Marissa Greenberg argues that plays by Shakespeare, Milton, Massinger, and others rework classical conventions to represent the city as a locus of suffering and loss while they reflect on actual sources of injustice in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century London: structural upheaval, imperial ambition, and political tyranny.Drawing on a rich archive of printed and manuscript sources, including numerous images of England's capital, Greenberg reveals the competing ideas about the metropolis that mediated responses to theatrical tragedy. The first study of early modern tragedy as an urban genre, Metropolitan Tragedy advances our understanding of the intersections between genre and history."Metropolitan Tragedy is a wide-ranging and provocative book that makes major contributions to ongoing critical conversations in space theory, historicist treatments of early modern drama, and genre theory." - James Mardock, Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno