By Richard Hillman

Richard Hillman applies to tragic styles and practices in early smooth England his long-standing serious preoccupation with English-French cultural connections within the interval. With fundamental, notwithstanding no longer particular, reference at the English part to Shakespeare and Marlowe, and at the French part to a variety of dramatic and non-dramatic fabric, he specializes in unique components that emerge in the English tragedy of the 1590s and early 1600s. those comprise the self-destructive tragic hero, the equipment of neo-Senecanism (including the Machiavellian villain) and the disagreement among the warrior-hero and the femme fatale.

The extensive aim is much less to 'discover;' impacts - even supposing a few particular issues of touch are proposed - than right now to magnify and refine a standard cultural area via juxtaposition and intertextual tracing. the realization emerges that the strong, if ambivalent, fascination of the English for his or her closest Continental neighbours expressed itself not just in yet in the course of the theatre.

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