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Ancient scripts & modern experience on the English stage. 1500-1700.

Smith, B.R.

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ISBN 10: 0691067392 / ISBN 13: 9780691067391
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Princeton : Princeton University Press,1988. Orig. cloth binding. Dustjacket. xii,289p. Index. Condition : very good copy. ISBN 0691067392[KEYWORDS: LITERARY CRITICISM, THEATRE, literary criticism. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 51153

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Unlike the contrast between the sacred and the taboo, the opposition of "comic" and "tragic" is not a way of categorizing experience that we find in cultures all over the world or even at different periods in Western civilization. Though medieval writers and readers distinguished stories with happy endings from stories with unhappy endings, it was not until the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries--fifteen hundred years after Sophocles, Euripides, Plautus, and Terence had last been performed in the theaters of the Roman Empire--that tragedy and comedy regained their ancient importance as ways of giving dramatic coherence to human events. Ancient Scripts and Modern Experience on the English Stage charts that rediscovery, not in the pages of scholars' books, but on the stages of England's schools, colleges, inns of court, and royal court, and finally in the public theaters of sixteenth-and seventeenth-century London.


In bringing to imaginative life the scripts, eyewitness accounts, and financial records of these productions, Bruce Smith turns to the structuralist models that anthropologists have used to explain how human beings as social creatures organize and systematize experience. He sets in place the critical, physical, and social structures in which sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Englishmen watched productions of classical comedy and classical tragedy. Seen in these three contexts, these productions play out a conflict between classical and medieval ways of understanding and experiencing comedy's interplay between satiric and romantic impulses and tragedy's clash between individuals and society.


Originally published in 1988.


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About the Author:

Bruce R. Smith is Dean's Professor of English and Professor of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is the author of six books, including, most recently, Phenomenal Shakespeare (2010) and The Key of Green: Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture (2009). A former president of the Shakespeare Association of America, he has served on the editorial boards of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation; PMLA; The Senses and Society; Shakespeare Quarterly; Shakespeare Studies; and Studies in English Literature. With Katherine Rowe, he has co-directed two projects related to The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare under grants from the Digital Humanities Office of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation.

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