Irony and Transcendence on the Renaissance Stage

Wright, L.S. (2010) Irony and Transcendence on the Renaissance Stage. In: 'This Earthly Stage': World and Stage in Late Medieval and Early Modern England. Cursor Mundi (13). Brepols, Turnhout, Belgium, pp. 279-297. ISBN 9782503532264

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This is the concluding essay in a collection entitled 'This Earthly Stage'. The chapter argues that the peculiar task of the stage metaphor - the notion of the theatre as a metaphor for life,which involves complex interactions between rarefied intellectual constructions of life and mundane reality - is to interrogate the tension between an inscrutable cosmic order and the limited viewpoints of ordinary humanity.The piece moves from general considerations of irony and dramatic irony, via an analysis of Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, to comments on Petrarch, Pico and Vives, culminating in a consideration of irony and transcendence in Shakespeare's last plays.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Renaissance stage, irony, transcendence, Kyd, Spanish Tragedy,Cicero, Vico, Quintillian, Scienza Nuovo, Connop Thirwall,The Iliad, Beaumont and Fletcher, Four Plays In One,Massinger, The Roman Actor,Bernini, Chantelou, castiglione, Elyot, Ascham, More, Bacon,Pico, Vives, 3 Henry VI,Shakespeare, Richard III, Hamlet, Wittgenstein, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest, Huizinga, Homo Ludens, Cardenio, Don Quixote.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1926
Deposited By: Prof Laurence Wright
Deposited On:13 Jul 2011 09:13
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