Tragic Instance: The Sequence of Shakespeare's Tragedies

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University of Delaware Press, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 228 pages
"Tragic Instance follows Shakespeare's progress through his tragedies. The book accepts Kenneth Muir's prescription, "There is no such thing as Shakespearian Tragedy: there are only Shakespearian tragedies." Accordingly, each of the tragedies, from Titus Andronicus to Coriolanus, is studied in order of composition. Richard III and Richard II are included because each is described as "tragedy" on the title page. No larger unity is seen. The play is everything that is the case."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Contents

Titus Andronicus Systemic Logic
29
Richard III Player and King
42
Romeo and Juliet The Sonnet World of Verona
61
The Tragedy of Richard II
73
Communal Identity and the Rituals of Julius Caesar
80
To say one An Essay on Hamlet
92
Hamlet Nationhood and Identity
106
Class as Motivation in Othello
129
Macbeth The Sexual Underplot
150
Timon of Athens
164
Antony and Cleopatra RolePlayer Actress ActorManager
172
Sexual Imagery in Coriolanus
186
Class Politics in Coriolanus
200
Notes
212
Index
226
Copyright

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