French origins of English tragedy /

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Author / Creator:Hillman, Richard, 1949-
Imprint:Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Description:111 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject:English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
English drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism.
English drama (Tragedy) -- History and criticism.
English drama (Tragedy) -- French influences.
English drama.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan.
English drama (Tragedy)
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:9780719082764 (hbk.)
0719082765 (hbk.)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [97]-104) and index.
Summary:Richard Hillman applies to tragic patterns and practices in early modern England his long-standing critical preoccupation with English-French cultural connections in the period. He focuses on distinctive elements that emerge within the English tragedy of the 1590s and early 1600s.
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Hillman's book, the first of two connected studies, combines clever modesty with discriminating diction. Hillman (Centre d'Etudes Superieures de la Renaissance, Universite Francois-Rabelais, Tours, France) never slides into the theoretical ditches already choked with the grinning skeletons of English majors--though his ingenious speculations about how Renaissance French drama may have shaped English plays after about 1560 sometimes calls for an advanced tolerance of conjecture. However, the author rarely, if ever, exaggerates the probability of the case he is making. Pointing out that tragedy reached England relatively late in the island's literary history, Hillman applies his extensive familiarity with 16th-century French literature to an exploration of its possible influence on English dramatists, particularly Shakespeare and Marlowe. He indicates specifics shared by French and English works as well as by different English plays. His chapter on possible ramifications of the Judith/Holofernes story is particularly interesting. Hillman combines witty elegance with a light touch of buffoonery to create a style that is a virtue in itself. He often refers to another of his books, which, alas, has not yet been published, but those references are only slightly annoying. This brief book is thoughtful, provocative, and important. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. R. W. Haynes Texas A&M International University

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