Industrial-Sized Deals Shop all Back to School Shop Men's Hightops Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Iron Maiden $5 Off Fire TV Stick Subscribe & Save Shop Popular Services hog hog hog  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Nintendo Digital Games Shop Now Deal of the Day

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item
Share your thoughts with other customers

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2001
This book kept me going as I researched a dissertation on English Renaissance Tragedy several years ago. These days, one wades through tons of writing on the tragic genre in which none of the principal themes of tragedy are discussed. Watson argues for the primacy of psychological over political factors in literary experience. Since death extinguishes the individual, and since we are all individuals destined to extinction if not distinction, tragedy's representations of the extinction of carefully drawn personalities that dramatists make us care about, are narcissistic exercises for the spectator, and for the culture, to contemplate. Death, argues, Watson, must be repressed for life to be conducted, but we crave tragedy's message because it tears that veil back, if only temporarily. Watson did not have to convince me, but he did give me comfort against the rabid politicization of this genre, and of the entire literary production of the English Renaissance. He talks first of The Spanish Tragedy, then does some Shakespeare plays, and then does an extended discussion of John Donne. I think I recall that Herbert makes his way in there, too. It is a wonderful book. His essay, "Tragedy," in the CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO RENAISSANCE DRAMA, is a digest of his thinking on this topic. An excellent source for this kind of work is also Thomas F. Van Laan's "The Death-of-Tragedy Myth" in ... Journal of Dramatic Criticism, or something like that. Also Bert O. States' book, The Pleasure of the Play."
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.