Richard Hillman

in French Origins of English Tragedy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082764
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700044 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the dynamic imaginative engagement of late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century English dramatists and audiences with French contexts and texts. It examines how Shakespeare, Marlowe and the Politics of France demonstrates the construction and representation of nationhood, as well as the intertextual relationships indicated in this study. This chapter also tries to map a range of relations between diverse French discourses and particular aspects of English tragedy.

Keywords: imaginative engagement; English dramatists; French contexts; nationhood; intertextual relationships; French discourses; English tragedy

Chapter.  6712 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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