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Out of their classical depth: from pathos to bathos in early English tragedy; or, the comedy of terrors

Andrew Tate

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082764.003.0003
Out of their classical depth: from pathos to bathos in early English tragedy; or, the comedy of terrors

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This chapter examines some applications of classicism in both form and content. This discussion focuses on the production of political meanings. It studies the extension of French neo-classical influence to the Elizabethan theatre in its most popular and public form, and tries to declassicise French drama itself. This chapter also studies the characters of Caesar and Brutus, the former becoming the epitome of greatness fatally tainted by ambition, and focuses on adaptations of classical machinery.

Keywords: classicism; political meanings; neo-classical influence; Elizabethan theatre; French drama; classical machinery

Chapter.  12465 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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