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Metropolitan Tragedy, 1567-1667
Marissa Greenberg, University of New Mexico
Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=HR-50526-10
Metropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern England (Book)
Title: Metropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern England
Author: Marissa Greenberg
Abstract: Breaking new ground in the study of tragedy, early modern theatre, and literary London, Metropolitan Tragedy demonstrates that early modern tragedy emerged from the juncture of radical changes in London’s urban fabric and the city’s judicial procedures. Marissa Greenberg argues that plays by Shakespeare, Milton, Massinger, and others rework classical conventions to represent the city as a locus of suffering and loss while they reflect on actual sources of injustice in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century London: structural upheaval, imperial ambition, and political tyranny.
Drawing on a rich archive of printed and manuscript sources, including numerous images of England’s capital, Greenberg reveals the competing ideas about the metropolis that mediated responses to theatrical tragedy. The first study of early modern tragedy as an urban genre, Metropolitan Tragedy advances our understanding of the intersections between genre and history.
Publisher: Toronto: University of Toronto Press
Type: Single author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes