Renaissance Revivals: City Comedy and Revenge Tragedy in the London Theater, 1576-1980
by Wendy Griswold
University of Chicago Press, 1986
Cloth: 978-0-226-30923-1
Library of Congress Classification PN2596.L6G78 1986
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.484

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Renaissance Revivals examines patterns in the London revivals of two English Renaissance theatre genres over the past four centuries. Griswold's focus on revenge tragedies and city comedies illuminates the ongoing interaction between society and its cultural products. No cultural object is ever created anew, she argues, but is instead constructed from existing cultural genres and conventions, the visions and professional needs of the artist, and the interests of an audience. Thus, every "new play" is in part a renaissance and every "revival" is in part an entirely new cultural object.

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