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Gothic RenaissanceA reassessment$
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Elisabeth Bronfen and Beate Neumeier

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088636

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088636.001.0001

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Exhumations: scopophobia in Renaissance texts

Exhumations: scopophobia in Renaissance texts

(p.139) 7 Exhumations: scopophobia in Renaissance texts
Gothic Renaissance

Duncan Salkeld

Manchester University Press

Duncan Salkeld recognizes ‘the fusion of death and desire’ on the early modern English stage as origin ‘of the kind of aesthetic now recognisable as the Gothic’. Identifying the courtesan as the embodiment of this fusion, he reads the Zoppino dialogue as a paradigmatic text signalling the shift from a dialectic relation to a fusion of fascination and revulsion with a ‘contaminating female body’ through a scopophobic experience. Salkeld traces this obsessive desire for the dead female body on to the English Renaissance stage, and to plays like The Revenger’s Tragedy and The Second Maiden’s Tragedy.

Keywords:   courtesan, female body, death, Zoppino dialogue, Revenger’s Tragedy, Second Maiden’s Tragedy

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