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Richard L. Levin
SUNY Research Foundation, Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY 11794-0001)

A Critical Examination of Recent Trends in the Re-Interpretation of English Drama

To examine recent trends in criticism which have been producing various reinterpretations of the drama of certain major playwrights of the English Renaissance. The focus is on 3 main trends 1) analysis in terms of a "central theme," 2) the discovery of ironies undercutting the play's values, 3) insistence that play's meaning is deduced from attitudes held by the original audience. A systematic critique of this nature, which is reevaluating interpretations of English drama at its high point, is a significant contribution to the literary field.

Project fields:
British Literature; Literary Criticism; Theater History and Criticism

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Total amounts:
$12,000 (approved)
$12,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1974 – 8/31/1975