By Jane K. Brown

In an impressively comparative paintings, Jane ok. Brown explores the strain in ecu drama among allegory and neoclassicism from the 16th in the course of the 19th century. Imitation of nature is usually proposal to overcome spiritual allegory within the Elizabethan and French classical theater, a shift as a result of the restoration of Aristotle's Poetics within the Renaissance. but when Aristotle's terminology used to be speedily assimilated, Brown demonstrates that vary in dramatic perform happened in basic terms progressively and partly and that allegory was once by no means totally do away with the degree.

The e-book strains a posh background of neoclassicism within which new allegorical types flourish and older ones are regularly revitalized. Brown finds the allegorical survivals within the works of such significant figures as Shakespeare, Calderón, Racine, Vondel, Metastasio, Goethe, and Wagner and reads tragedy, comedy, masque, opera, and college drama jointly instead of as separate advancements. all through, she attracts illuminating parallels to modes of illustration within the visible arts.

A paintings of large curiosity to students, lecturers, and scholars of theatrical shape, The endurance of Allegory provides a primary rethinking of the background of ecu drama.

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