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Author Neill, Michael.

Title Issues of death : mortality and identity in English Renaissance tragedy / Michael Neill
Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997


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Description xii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents 1. 'Peremptory nullification': Tragedy and Macabre Art -- 2. The Stage of Death: Tragedy and Anatomy -- 3. Opening the Moor: Death and Discovery in Othello -- 4. 'Hidden malady': Death, Discovery, and Indistinction in The Changeling -- 5. Anxieties of Ending -- 6. 'To know my stops': Hamlet and Narrative Abruption -- 7. Accommodating the Dead: Hamlet and the Ends of Revenge -- 8. 'Death's triumphal chariot': Tragedy and Funeral -- 9. Finis coronat opus: The Monumental Ending of Anthony and Cleopatra -- 10. 'Fame's best friend': The Endings of The Duchess of Malfi -- 11. 'Great arts best write themselves in their own stories': Ending The Broken Heart -- Appendix. The Plague and the Dance of Death
Summary "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. Those in Part 1 explore Death as a trope of apocalypse - a moment of un-veiling or dis-covery that is figured both in the fearful nakedness of the Danse Macabre and in the shameful 'openings' enacted in the new theatres of anatomy." "In Part 2, Neill explores the psychological and affective consequences of tragedy's fiercely end-driven narrative in a number of plays where a longing for narrative closure is pitched against a particularly intense dread of ending." "Finally, Part 3 focuses on the way tragedy articulates its challenge to the undifferentiating power of death through conventions and motifs borrowed from the funeral arts."--Jacket
Notes Bibliography: p[377]-391. _ Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [377]-391) and index
Subject Death in literature.
Death -- Social aspects -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Death -- Social aspects -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Death -- Social aspects -- England.
English drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism.
English drama (Tragedy) -- History and criticism.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
Identity (Philosophical concept) in literature.
Mortality in literature.
Renaissance -- England.
Attitude to Death -- history
Attitude to Death -- in literature
Literature -- history.
LC no. 97193251
ISBN 0198183860