On the generic cusp: <i>Richard II</i>, <i>La Guisiade</i> and the invention of tragic heroes

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:
On the generic cusp: Richard II, La Guisiade and the invention of tragic heroes

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This chapter studies Shakespeare's Richard II, a play that naturally figured in Shakespeare, Marlowe and the Politics of France, and reviews its relation to the propagandistic La Guisiade. It focuses on Shakespeare's play as a tragedy instead of history, and considers what the French precursor has to show about the phenomenon of the psychologically self-destructive tragic hero.

Keywords: Richard II; La Guisiade; tragedy; self-destructive; tragic hero

Chapter.  6576 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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