Thomas Heywood and the Classical Tradition (Hardback)
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Thomas Heywood and the Classical Tradition (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages
Published: 09/03/2021
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This volume offers the first in-depth investigation of Thomas Heywood’s engagement with the classics. Its introduction and twelve essays trace how the classics shaped Heywood’s work in a variety of genres across a writing career of over forty years, ranging from drama, epic and epyllion, to translations, compendia and the design of a warship for Charles I. Close readings demonstrate the influence of a capaciously conceived classical tradition that included continental editions and translations of Latin and Greek texts, early modern mythographies and the medieval tradition of Troy. They attend to Heywood’s thought-provoking imitations and juxtapositions of these sources, his use of myth to interrogate gender and heroism, and his turn to antiquity to celebrate and defamiliarise the theatrical or political present. Heywood’s better-known works are discussed alongside critically neglected ones, making the collection valuable for undergraduates and researchers alike.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526140234
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 662 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 21 mm


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'Thomas Heywood and the Classical Tradition expands the critical consideration given to the copious literary output of Heywood, taking as its unifying theme the early modern playwright’s prodigious use andadaptation of classical sources. The twelve contributors examine a wide range of Heywood’s work, and their impressive coverage speaks to both their own and Heywood’s intellectual depth and creative breadth.'Journal of British Studies 'Thomas Heywood and the Classical Tradition addresses an important gap in our appreciation of how one of Shakespeare’s most prolific and unfairly denigrated contemporaries read and reworked the classics throughout his long literary career, which spanned the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I.'All in all, this book vindicates an author who, often criticized for yoking together wildy different registers and styles, actually wore his classicism with great skill, originality and aplomb.'Sonia Massai, King’s College London'This edited collection revitalises research on Heywood by drawing together studies which elucidate important themes and practices that inform all his many writings. Alongside these significant findings are intricate details and close readings that illuminate neglected works and highlight their sophistication.'Northern Renaissance'Thomas Heywood and the Classical Tradition performs a real service in bringing to light an unjustly neglected dramatist and poet.'Cahiers Elisabethains - .

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