The Spanish Tragedy

Author: Thomas Kyd

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472571363

Category: Drama

Page: 176

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The first fully-fledged example of a revenge tragedy, the genre that became so influential in later Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, The Spanish Tragedy (1589) occupies a very special place in the history of English Renaissance drama. Hieronimo, Knight-Marshal of Spain during its war with Portugal, fails to obtain justice when his son is murdered for courting Bel-Imperia, the Duke of Castile's daughter, and decides to take justice into his own hands... This new student edition has been freshly revised by Professor Andrew Gurr to incorporate the latest stage history and critical interpretations of the play. It also appends the scenes that were added in 1602, discusses Elizabethan attitudes to revenge, the Senecan features of the play and the significance of the Anglo-Spanish conflict in the 1580s.

Beyond The Spanish Tragedy

A Study of the Works of Thomas Kyd

Author: Lukas Erne

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719060939

Category: Drama

Page: 252

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Thomas Kyd is arguably Shakespeare's most important tragic predecessor. Fusing the drama of the academic and popular traditions, Thomas Kyd's plays are of central importance for understanding how the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries came about. Called an extraordinary dramatic genius by T.S. Eliot, Thomas Kyd invented the revenge tragedy genre that culminated in Shakespeare's Hamlet some 12 years later. In Lukas Erne's book, The Spanish Tragedy - the most popular of all plays on the English Renaissance stage - receives the extensive scholarly and critical treatment it deserves, including a full reception and modern stage history.

The Spanish Tragedy

Author: Thomas Kyd

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393614808


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The Routledge Anthology of Renaissance Drama

Author: Simon Barker,Hilary Hinds

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415187336

Category: Drama

Page: 457

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This anthology offers a full introduction to Renaissance theatre in its historical and political context, along with newly edited and thoroughly annotated texts of the following plays: * The Spanish Tragedy (Thomas Kyd) * Arden of Faversham (Anon.) * Edward II (Christopher Marlowe) * A Woman Killed with Kindness (Thomas Heywood) * The Tragedy of Mariam (Elizabeth Cary) * The Masque of Blackness (Ben Jonson) * The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Francis Beaumont) * Epicoene, or the Silent Woman (Ben Jonson) * The Roaring Girl (Thomas Middleton & Thomas Dekker) * The Changeling (Thomas Middleton & William Rowley) * 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (John Ford). Each play is prefaced by an introductory headnote discussing the thematic focus of the play and its textual history, and is cross-referenced to other plays of the period that relate thematically and generically. An accompanying website contains a wide selection of contextual documents which supplement the anthology:

Gothic in Revenge Tragedies

A Study of Select British Plays

Author: Dr. M. Sai Krithika

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 1947498827

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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The word Gothic has connotations of violence and grotesqueness. The popular Gothic elements are blood and gore, unnatural and supernatural occurrences, eerie passages, mystery, haunted castles, ghosts, perambulating skeletons, numerous death in a gory manner, Byronic love, passion and revenge. As Virginia Woolf rightly calls them, they are “the strange human need for feeling afraid.” It is the Hyde in every Jekyll that makes one take to the gothic. The British Revenge Tragedies, embedded with these elements, serve as forerunner of the gothic genre. In The Jew of Malta, we find the barbaric, scheming Machiavellian Barabas that plots the evil actions in the play that leads to mass graves and, eventually, himself being burned alive in a cauldron. In The Spanish Tragedy, Andrea’s ghost and Revenge; discovery of the mangled body of Horatio and the blood-stained handkerchief; letter written with blood and Hieronimo cutting out his tongue are the major Gothic elements. In Hamlet, the ghost of Hamlet’s father; the violent stabbing of Polonius; the grave digger’s eulogizing death and the introduction of Yorick’s skull never fail in creating chills down the spine of any reader. Ian Jack observes on Webster’s plays that The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, have no other purpose other than making the audience’s ‘flesh creep.’ Thus, gothic as a genre, has been strongly haunting literature and would still continue to haunt, not only literature but also life.

A Study Guide for Thomas Kyd's "The Spanish Tragedy"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410358941

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 26

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A Study Guide for Thomas Kyd's "The Spanish Tragedy," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.

Four Revenge Tragedies

The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore and The White Devil

Author: Thomas Kyd,ANON ANON,John Ford,John Webster

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472573587

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 600

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Francis Bacon described revenge as a 'kind of wild justice'. Then as now, early modern playwrights and their theatre-going public were fascinated by the anarchic energies that a desire for retribution unleashes. Rather than rehearsing familiar conventions, each of these plays presents a unique social and cultural milieu where dark fantasies of revenge are variously played out. In Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy a grieving father seeks public justice for the murder of his son by envious princelings. When his attempts are thwarted he turns a court spectacle of murder into the 'real' thing. Blackly comic in its tone and style, The Revenger's Tragedy (anon.) presents vengeance as mimetic art, witty and cruel. Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore represents an innovative re-working of the genre as a brother's love for his sister leads to his spectacular revenge on his rival, her husband, in a society in which brutal retaliation for perceived wrong is the norm. In Webster's The White Devil crimes of passion ignite revenge in the courts of the Italian city states. This student edition contains fully annotated, modernized texts of each play together with an introduction discussing the dramatic and poetic style of each play, focusing on its action and play of ideas.

Vom Misterienspiel zum Stuart-Drama

theatralische Vielfalt aus heutiger Sicht

Author: Klaus Peter Steiger

Publisher: Erich Schmidt Verlag

ISBN: 9783503022069

Category: Drama

Page: 206

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Elizabethan and Jacobean Tragedies

A New Mermaids Anthology

Author: N/A

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama


Category: Drama

Page: 754

View: 9594

This anthology contains scholarly and annotated editions of six major Elizabethan and Jacobean plays: The Spanish Tragedy Doctor Faustus Sejanus Women Beware Women The White Devil 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

Festschrift Rudolf Stamm

Zu seinem 60. Geburtstag am 12. April 1969

Author: Eduard Kolb,Jörg Hasler

Publisher: N.A


Category: Drama

Page: 291

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Two Tudor Tragedies

Author: William Tydeman

Publisher: Penguin Classics


Category: Drama

Page: 361

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British Writers: William Langland to the English Bible

Author: Ian Scott-Kilvert,British Council

Publisher: Charles Scribners & Sons


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

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This collection of critical essays covers 286 writers who have made significant contributions to British, Irish, and Commonwealth literature from the 14th century to the present day. The contributors analyze many individual works and engage the reader with their distinctive themes and stylistic. Introductory essays and chronological tables open each volume and provide historical background.

Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800

Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Fifteenth, Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth-century Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Philosophers, and Other Creative Writers, from the First Published Critical Appraisals to Current Evaluations

Author: Dennis Poupard,Thomas Schoenberg,Lawrence J. Trudeau,Mark Scott

Publisher: N.A


Category: Criticism

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Topicality and Representation

Islam and Muslims in two Renaissance Plays

Author: Hammood Khalid Obaid

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443854840

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

View: 3279

This book focuses on the importance of topical reading in understanding Islamic figures and themes, and applies this approach to two landmark Elizabethan plays: George Peele’s Battle of Alcazar and William Percy’s Mahomet and his Heaven. The former is the first English play to present a Moor as a major character, while the latter is the first English play to be based on Quranic material and feature the Prophet of Islam as a major character. In both plays, the book argues, topical concerns played a major role in the formation of Islamic characters and themes, rendering the term ‘representation’ highly debatable. The book also briefly covers other Elizabethan plays that contained Islamic elements, such as Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and The Merchant of Venice, and Marlowe’s Tamburlaine and Doctor Faustus. Topical issues covered in the work include British-Muslim relations, the Spanish Armada, Elizabethan patriotism in literature, Catholic-Protestant tensions in the late 16th century, the gynaecocracy debate, and Elizabethan alchemy and magic.

Six Elizabethan and Jacobean Tragedies

The Spanish Tragedy; Doctor Faustus; Sejanus His Fall; Women Beware Women; The White Devil; 'Tis Pity She's A Whore

Author: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408149761

Category: Drama

Page: 754

View: 3351

This anthology contains scholarly and annotated editions of six major Elizabethan and Jacobean plays: The Spanish Tragedy Doctor Faustus Sejanus Women Beware Women The White Devil 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

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