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Issues of Death: Mortality and Identity in English Renaissance Tragedy

Michael Neill


Tragedy was one of the principal instruments through which the culture of early modern England imagined the encounter with mortality. The essays in this book approach the theatrical reinvention of Death from three perspectives. Those in Part 1 explore Death as a trope of apocalypse – a moment of unveiling or discovery that is figured both in the fearful nakedness of the Danse Macabre and in the shameful ‘openings’ enacted in the new theatres of anatomy. In Part 2, the book explores the psychological and affective consequences of tragedy's fiercely end-driven narrative in a number of plays wher ... More

Keywords: death, culture, tragedy, mortality, anatomy theatre, apocalypse, macabre, funeral, funereal arts, England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183860
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Neill, author
University of Auckland