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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 503–531.
Published: 01 September 2022
... heavily on the conventions of comedy. They are therefore fraught with difficult questions. When is retribution hilarious, and when is it lamentable? On what imaginative and moral conditions do tragedy and comedy depend? These questions likewise haunted dramatists such as Shakespeare, who drew heavily...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (1): 57–78.
Published: 01 January 2008
...” [Voilà, en peu de vers, tout le sujet de cette tragédie].16 Thus the play constitutes an exfoliation or gloss of a few lines of Latin verse.17 Yet I want to suggest that Racine’s use of Virgil is not merely cita- tional. The generic conventions of the entire tradition of classical epic...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 25–48.
Published: 01 January 2013
... Oxford Translation, ed. Jonathan Barnes, 2 vols. (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1984), 1:369. 14 William Shakespeare, Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies (London, 1623), sig. B4r. 15 Oxford English Dictionary Online, s.v. scene, n., etymology, I.1, at httpwww.oed...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (1): 17–40.
Published: 01 January 2022
... acta; tragici vero res publicas et regum historias. Item tragicorum argumenta ex rebus luctuosis sunt: comicorum ex rebus laetis. 8 [While comedies relate the deeds of private people, tragedies relate national affairs and the histories of royalty. Likewise, the plots of tragedies are constructed...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2007) 37 (3): 549–577.
Published: 01 September 2007
...: or, Ferrex and Porrex, ed. Irby B. Cauthen, Jr. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1970), 3. 35 In An Apology for Poetry, ed. Geoffrey Shepherd (Manchester: Manchester Univer- sity Press, 1973), 133  –  34, Sidney wrote: “Our Tragedies and Comedies (not without cause cried out...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 99–120.
Published: 01 January 2013
... mercy coupling with unforgiving judgment. Responding to these tensions, Jacques Derrida reads the play as a tragedy of translation, linking Shylock’s religious conversion to the monetary values of the pound of flesh: “This rela- tion of the letter to the spirit, of the body of literalness...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 407–413.
Published: 01 September 2022
... of writing about vice, especially in popular tales of divine retribution that draw on conventions of both tragedy and comedy. He takes a close look at the shaping of narratives of come-uppance in a range of texts from true-crime pamphlets to Thomas Beard's Theatre of God's Judgements . Crawford pursues...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 January 2013
... not be staged as “separate” stage spaces or divided by obvious scene breaks, and static “other places” are brought onto the stage to meet travelers, whereas we would expect travelers to exit and go to another place.22 All these staging conventions suggest that concretizing “here...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (2): 229–252.
Published: 01 May 2008
... not capture. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night similarly interrogates early modern Dugan / Scent of a Woman  241 theatrical conventions used to represent gender, staging another powerfully odiferous heroine: Olivia. As Cleopatra ends, so Olivia begins...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014) 44 (1): 45–68.
Published: 01 January 2014
... and tragedies. In creating a collective and idle body, post-­Reformation English writers find the corporate body of monasticism a model that allows them to resist making literature profitable. Indeed, rather than arguing for the social utility of art, as writers such as Thomas Lodge and Sir...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (1): 119–147.
Published: 01 January 2010
..., Shakespeare and the Comedy of For- giveness (New York: Columbia University Press, 1965), 204 – 26; and Howard Felperin, Shakespearean Romance (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1972), 88 – 96. 3 James Simpson, Burning to Read: English Fundamentalism and Its Reformation Oppo...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (1): 65–88.
Published: 01 January 2010
...” — within a world set apart, estab- lished by convention and obeying rules of its own. A lie designed to tell the truth about reality, the drama was understood as sig- nificant play.9 Kolve frames his picture of the “play” of drama in terms borrowed from Johan Huizinga’s Homo...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (2): 421–459.
Published: 01 May 2012
... business of the ass’s movements, it is easy to imagine the cappers improvising its meanderings (and Balaam’s increasing frustration) in order to delight their audience. The Chester pageant adds to the comedy when Balaam calls his beast by the nonbiblical name, Burnell. The name effectively...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (2): 435–455.
Published: 01 May 2011
... in the Christian Tradition, c. 1100 – c. 1500. Brepols Essays in European Culture. Turnhout, Belg.: Brepols Publishers, 2010. xi, 748 pp.; 7 tables, 3 figs.eur 125.00. Monson, Craig A. Nuns Behaving Badly: Tales of Music, Magic, Art, and Arson in the Convents of Italy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2003) 33 (3): 537–561.
Published: 01 September 2003
....: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003. xix, 188 pp. $22.00. [Hebrew text with translation on facing pages.] Jacob, Alexander, ed. The Roman Civil War in English Renaissance Tragedy: An Edition of “Catiline,” “ Caesar and Pompey,” and “Julius Caesar” with an Introduction Drawn from Roman Sources...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (1): 89–117.
Published: 01 January 2010
... by penaunce, that thou mowe then have certeyne confidence,” sug- gesting a direct correlation between an external act and an internal feeling.23 The Lay Folks’ Catechism is conventional in its description of penance as a matter of outward action and inward cleanliness...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 145–172.
Published: 01 January 2013
... of hospitable conventions. What distinguishes both tragedy and comedy from the masque, the dance, or the fashion show is the deliberate element of risk that they borrow from hospitality and install at the center of dramatic 166  Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 43.1 / 2013 action, as well...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (1): 61–87.
Published: 01 January 2016
..., including the medical (and the astrological, philosophical, legal), so doctors were reading “literary” texts. Arderne exhorted aspirant surgeons to make sure they knew comedies and tragedies, as well as the Bible.25 He even suggests that telling stories can help the healing process: a doctor should...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (2): 369–391.
Published: 01 May 2013
... to be extended if business was to be done. Not to do so was to break with the conventions that underwrote commerce as such. On the other, that trust could always be violated, and often it was. . . . That these others were in much the same bind did not, of course, make your own...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (1): 197–218.
Published: 01 January 2010
..., vol. 40. xxvi, 297 pp. Cambridge, Mass.: Har- vard University Press, 2009. $29.95. [Latin text with facing-page English translation.] Burkhead, Henry. A Tragedy of Cola’s Furie, or Lirenda’s Miserie. Edited by Angelina Lynch. Introduction by Patricia Coughlan. The Literature of Early Modern...