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Robert S. Knapp
Reed College (Portland, OR 97202-8199)

Necessary Form: Allegory and Actor in Shakespeare and His Predecessors

To complete a book, presently about one-half finished, tentatively entitled "Necessary Form: Allegory and Actor in Shakespeare and His Predecessors." Main topics will cover: the provisions in medieval drama of an allegorical, exemplaristic, and non-consequential base for future dramaturgy; the experiments with prophetic secular history in the Tudor interlude; the elaborate fictionalizing of queenly presence in Peele and Lyly; Kyd's blending of intrigue and deceit with a metatheatrical sequence of mirrors; and the invention in Greene and Marlowe of an actor who is somewhat (but ambiguously) more self than sign.

Project fields:
British Literature

Residential College Teacher Fellowships, 1976 - 1981

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1978 – 5/31/1979