IES Unfinished Business Seminar

IES Unfinished Business Seminar
28 October 2020, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Dr Elizabeth Sandis

English revenge tragedy on the London stage and the university stage 

A great deal has been written about the Elizabethan and Jacobean fascination with Seneca and the taste for revenge tragedy on the London stage, and yet the centres for drama which powered the growth of Senecanism from outside of the capital have largely been forgotten. The colleges of Oxford and Cambridge were key production centres for revenge tragedy and self-consciously adopted Seneca’s language and style. Their traditions are less familiar to us than those we find at court, at the London playhouses, and at the Inns of Court, but they are equally influential in the development of English drama, not least because many of the London-based playwrights were scholars who trained at the universities. In this paper I offer insights into the world of English revenge tragedy from both kinds of production centres, so that we can begin to see the bigger picture. 

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