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French Origins of English Tragedy$
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Richard Hillman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082764

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082764.001.0001

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

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

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(p.33) 3 Out of their classical depth: from pathos to bathos in early English tragedy; or, the comedy of terrors
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French Origins of English Tragedy
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Andrew Tate

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082764.003.0003

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

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