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The Resource Ancient scripts and modern experience on the English stage, 1500-1700

Ancient scripts and modern experience on the English stage, 1500-1700

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Ancient scripts and modern experience on the English stage, 1500-1700
Title
Ancient scripts and modern experience on the English stage, 1500-1700
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Language
eng
Summary
Unlike the contrast between the sacred and the taboo, the opposition of "comic" and "tragic" is not a way of categorizing experience that we find in cultures all over the world or even at different periods in Western civilization. Though medieval writers and readers distinguished stories with happy endings from stories with unhappy endings, it was not until the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries--fifteen hundred years after Sophocles, Euripides, Plautus, and Terence had last been performed in the theaters of the Roman Empire--that tragedy and comedy regained their ancient importance as ways of giving dramatic coherence to human events. Ancient Scripts and Modern Experience on the English Stage charts that rediscovery, not in the pages of scholars' books, but on the stages of England's schools, colleges, inns of court, and royal court, and finally in the public theaters of sixteenth-and seventeenth-century London. In bringing to imaginative life the scripts, eyewitness accounts, and financial records of these productions, Bruce Smith turns to the structuralist models that anthropologists have used to explain how human beings as social creatures organize and systematize experience. He sets in place the critical, physical, and social structures in which sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Englishmen watched productions of classical comedy and classical tragedy. Seen in these three contexts, these productions play out a conflict between classical and medieval ways of understanding and experiencing comedy's interplay between satiric and romantic impulses and tragedy's clash between individuals and society
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UkLiU
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1946-
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Smith, Bruce R.
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Classical drama
  • Theater
  • Theater
  • Tragedy
  • Comedy
  • Great Britain
Label
Ancient scripts and modern experience on the English stage, 1500-1700
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Critical Contexts -- Spatial Contexts -- Social Contexts -- Comedy -- Tragedy
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 289 pages
Isbn
9780691067391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Ancient scripts and modern experience on the English stage, 1500-1700
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Critical Contexts -- Spatial Contexts -- Social Contexts -- Comedy -- Tragedy
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 289 pages
Isbn
9780691067391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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