1. Introduction, in Shakespearean Tragedy as Chivalric Romance, 2nd ed
- Michael L. Hays (see profile)
- Renaissance / Early Modern Studies, Shakespeare, Shakespearean Dramatic Genres
- Literary form, Literary theory, Literature, History, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
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- romantic idealism, Genre theory, Literary history, Literary theory, Shakespeare
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- Chapter 1: Introduction provides on overview of the nature of English chivalric romances and an explanation of the historical circumstances of its particular vogue in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean England. It examines the biases in literary criticism—literary supersession and literary prefigurement, and neo-classical definitions of and relationships between genres—which serve to disregard or discount such romances. It concludes by sketching the discussions to follow, on the survival and significance of English chivalric romances, and on the methodology, both like and unlike source and influence studies, used in the interpretations of Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear.
- This chapter is part of a revised and enlarged second edition of “Shakespearean Tragedy as Chivalric Romance: Rethinking Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear,” (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2003). After two printings, the first edition soon went out of print. The publisher had excluded the appendix to reduce costs and declined a second edition to include it. I have published this edition elsewhere since 2014 and here in 2018 to make the book with the appendix available for free.
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