Issues of Death: Mortality and Identity in English Renaissance Tragedy

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Issues of Death offers a fresh approach to the tragic drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Starting from the premise that death is a historical construct that is differently experienced in every culture, it treats Renaissance tragedy as an instrument for reimagining the human
encounter with death. Analyses of major plays by Marlowe, Kyd, Shakespeare, Webster, Middleton, and Ford explore the relation of tragedy to the macabre tradition, to the apocalyptic displays of the anatomy theatre, and to the spectacular arts of funeral.
 

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Introduction
1
Within all rottenness Tragedy Death and Apocalypse
49
Making an End Deaths Arrest and the Shaping of Tragic Narrative
199
Rue with a difference Tragedy and the Funereal Arts
263
The Plague and the Dance of Death
375
Bibliography
377
Index
393
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Über den Autor (1997)

Michael Neill is at University of Auckland.

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