Middleton and Mimetic Desire

Lars Engel

in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199559886
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Middleton and Mimetic Desire

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Thomas Middleton's reputation is at an interesting stage, no longer confined to conversations among academic specialists on early modern drama, but not yet in any settled place in a larger canon of authors whom literate people are meant to know about. This article seeks to contribute to the emergence of a mythic Middleton whom we know to turn to for some particular kind of excellence. This mythic Middleton is a theatre-poet especially good at catching the generation and power of what René Girard has taught us to call mimetic desire: a great poet, that is, of the social energies of rivalry, comic and tragic.

Keywords: Thomas Middleton; poets; myth; mimetic desire

Article.  7594 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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