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French Origins of English Tragedy

Richard Hillman


This book applies to tragic patterns and practices in early modern England a long-standing critical preoccupation with English-French cultural connections in the period. With primary, though not exclusive, reference on the English side to Shakespeare and Marlowe, and on the French side to a wide range of dramatic and non-dramatic material, it focuses on distinctive elements that emerge within the English tragedy of the 1590s and early 1600s. These include the self-destructive tragic hero, the apparatus of neo-Senecanism (including the Machiavellian villain) and the confrontation between the wa ... More

Keywords: early modern England, English-French connections, Shakespeare, Marlowe, English tragedy, tragic hero, neo-Senecanism, Machiavellian villain, warrior-hero, femme fatale

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719082764
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082764.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Hillman, author