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Ancient Scripts and Modern Experience on the English Stage, 1500-1700
Author: Dean's Professor of English Bruce R Smith

ISBN: 9780691634906
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 19 March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.6 x 1.8
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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...

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