Shakespeare and Classical Tragedy: The Influence of Seneca

Hardcover | September 1, 1995

byRobert S. Miola

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This book charts the influence of Seneca - both as specific text and inherited tradition - through an analysis of Shakespeare's tragedies. Discerning patterns in previously attested borrowings and discovering new indebtedness, it presents an integrated and comprehensive assessment. Familiarmethods of source study and a sophisticated understanding of intertextuality are employed to re-evaluate the much maligned Seneca in the light of his Greek antecedents, Renaissance translations and commentaries, and dramatic adaptations, especially those of Chapman, Jonson, Marston, Garnier,Cinthio, and Dolce. Three broad categories organize the discussion - Senecan revenge, tyranny, and furore - and each is illustrated by an earlier and later Shakespearean tragedy. The author keeps in view Shakespeare's eclecticism, his habit of combining disparate sources and conventions, as well as the rich historyof literary criticism and theatrical interpretation. The book concludes by discussing Seneca's presence in Renaissance comedy and, more important, in that new and fascinating hybrid genre, tragicomedy.

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This book charts the influence of Seneca - both as specific text and inherited tradition - through an analysis of Shakespeare's tragedies. Discerning patterns in previously attested borrowings and discovering new indebtedness, it presents an integrated and comprehensive assessment. Familiarmethods of source study and a sophisticated ...

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This book charts the influence of Seneca--both as specific text and inherited tradition--through Shakespeare's tragedies. Discerning patterns in previously attested borrowings and discovering new indebtedness, it presents an integrated and comprehensive assessment. Familiar methods of source study and a sophisticated understanding of i...

Robert S. Miola is at Loyola Loyola College, Baltimore.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:September 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198112645

ISBN - 13:9780198112648

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`A companion piece to his fine Shakespeare and Classical Tragedy: The Influence of Seneca, this volume provides us with a wolid examination of the "influence of Plautus and Terence" that Shakespeare inherited as a part of the air he breathed ... a work of great value.'English Language Notes, December 1996