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Issues of Death: Mortality and Identity in English Renaissance Tragedy

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Death, like most experiences that we think of as natural, is a product of the human imagination: all animals die, but only human beings suffer death; and what they suffer is shaped by their own time and culture. Tragedy was one of the principal instruments through which the culture of early modern England imagined the encounter with mortality. The essays in this book approach the theatrical reinvention of death from three perspectives. Part one explores death as a trope of apocalypse - a moment of un-veiling or discovery that is figured both in the fearful nakedness of the Danse Macabre and in the shameful openings enacted in the new theatres of anatomy. Separate chapters explore the apocalyptic design of two of the periods most powerful tragedies - Shakespeare's Othello, and Middleton and Rowley's The Changeling. Hide synopsis

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