A Feast of Strange Opinions: Classical and Early Modern Paradoxes on the English Renaissance Stage
Keywords:Classical paradoxes, Paradoxes and theatre, Classical receptions, Early modern English drama, Early modern paradoxes
This volume aims at providing a comprehensive view of the performative as well as heuristic potentialities of the theatrical paradox in early modern plays. We are interested in discussing the functions and uses of paradoxes in early modern English drama by investigating how classical paradoxes were received and mediated in the Renaissance and by considering authors’ and playing companies’ purposes in choosing to explore the questions broached by such paradoxes. The book is articulated into three sections: the first, “Paradoxes of the Real”, is devoted to a theoretical investigation of the dramatic uses of paradoxes; the second, “Staging Mock Encomia” looks at the multiple dramatic functions of mock encomia and at the specific situations in which paradoxical praises were inserted in early modern plays; finally, the essays in “Paradoxical Dialogues” examine the connections between a number of early modern mock encomia and ancient or contemporary models.
Doing Things with Paradoxes: Shakespearean Impersonations
From Speechlessness to Powerful Speech. Coping with Paradoxes of Reality in Euripides’ Helen
The Eidolon Paradox: Re-presenting Helen from Euripides to Shakespeare
Dramatic Appropriation of the Mock Encomium Genre in Shakespeare’s Comedies
Performing Mock Encomia in Elizabethan and Jacobean Plays
The Paradox of Poverty. Thomas Randolph’s Translation of Aristophanes’ Wealth
“I know not how to take their tirannies”: Marlowe’s Tamburlaine and the Praise of the Tyrant
Thomas and Dudley Digges on the Early Modern Stage: Four Paradoxes and English Renaissance Drama
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