Radical Tragedy: Religion, Ideology and Power in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, Third Edition by Jonathan Dollimore

Radical Tragedy: Religion, Ideology and Power in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries…

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When it was first published, Radical Tragedy was hailed as a groundbreaking reassessment of the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. An engaged reading of the past with compelling contemporary significance, Radical Tragedy remains a landmark study of Renaissance drama and a classic of cultural materialist criticism. The corrected and reissued third edition of this critically acclaimed work includes a candid new Preface by the author and features a Foreword by Terry Eagleton.

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JONATHAN DOLLIMORE was formerly Professor of English at the University of York, UK. His books include Political Shakespeare: Essays in Cultural Materialism (with Alan Sinfield, 1985, 2nd ed 1994), Sexual Dissidence: Augustine to Wilde, Freud to Foucault (1991), Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture (1998), and Sex, Literature and ...
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Title:Radical Tragedy: Religion, Ideology and Power in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries…Format:HardcoverDimensions:419 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.94 inPublished:May 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230243126

ISBN - 13:9780230243125

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword--T.Eagleton
Preface to the Reissued Third Edition
Introduction to the Third Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
PART I: RADICAL DRAMA: ITS CONTEXTS AND EMERGENCE
Contexts
Emergence: Marston's Antonio Plays (c.1599-1601) and Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (c.1601-2)
PART II: STRUCTURE, MIMESIS, PROVIDENCE
Structure: From Resolution to Dislocation
Renaissance Literary Theory: Two Concepts of Mimesis
The Disintegration of Providentialist Belief
Dr Faustus (c.1589-92): Subversion Through Transgression
Mustapha (c.1594-6): Ruined Aesthetic, Ruined Theology
Sejanus (1603): History and Realpolitik
The Revenger's Tragedy (c.1606): Providence, Parody and Black Camp
PART III: MAN DECENTRED
Subjectivity and Social Process
Bussy D'Ambois (c.1604): A Hero at Court
King Lear (c.1605-6) and Essentialist Humanism
Antony and Cleopatra (c.1607): Virtus under Erasure
Coriolanus (c.1608): The Chariot Wheel and its Dust
The White Devil (1612): Transgression Without Virtue
PART IV: SUBJECTIVITY: IDEALISM VERSUS MATERIALISM
Beyond Essentialist Humanism
Notes
Bibliography of Work Cited
Index of Names and Texts
Index of Subjects

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the third edition: "I put this book right at the top. I read it with excitement and sustained interest throughout." —David Bevington, University of Chicago"Some critical studies are full of insight, but not many of them are necessary. Radical Tragedy ranks among the necessary critical interventions of our time." —From the Foreword by Terry Eagleton"Prefaced by a powerful, provocative essay that brings its argument bang up to date, this splendid new edition of Radical Tragedy puts its status as a classic of cultural-materialist criticism beyond question." —Kiernan Ryan, Royal Holloway University of London "A welcome new edition of a path-breaking book complete with a brilliantly incisive and thought-provoking Introduction that will enthuse a new generation of students. With an iconoclastic energy all too rare in academic circles, Dollimore fearlessly revalues his own project, and poses questions central to the larger critical, cultural and philosophical debates within English Studies, to which Radical Tragedy continues to make a major scholarly contribution." —John Drakakis, University of StirlingReviews of second edition:"[An] outstanding piece of scholarship. Very useful, very influential, very well-written. In short, well worth having." —Amazon.co.uk"Stands as a major re-interpretation of Renaissance drama and a pioneering critical work." —Book News"An indispensable addition to an already indispensable book, which throws new light on the genisis of Radical Tragedy and upon the full range of interdisciplinary concerns which have acted both as a stimulus to, and as the rigorous intellectual mainstays of, its revolutionary thesis." —John Drakakis, University of Stirling"A courageous, stimulating book which everybody interested in its subject must read." —Christopher Hill, Literature and History