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Tragical histories, tragical tales

Gibson, Jonathan (2009). Tragical histories, tragical tales. In: Pincombe, Mike and Shrank, Cathy eds. Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 521–536.

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In this chapter, I isolate for study the genre of the 'tragical tale', tracing its origins in Boccaccio, Ovid, Livy and Seneca and describing in detail the key influence on early Elizabethan examples of the genre of Bandello's novelle and of Bandello's French translators, Boiastuau and Belleforest. As well as unpicking the complex relationship between history, fiction and morality in the genre as a whole, I analyse in detail four English texts: William Painter's Palace of Pleasure (1566), Geoffrey Fenton's Certain Tragical Discourses (1567), Arthur Brooke's Romeus and Juliet (1562) and Bernard Garter's The Tragical and True History (1565). I also consider the later development of the genre, including its absorption into other genres of prose fiction and partial replacement with the providentialist crime pamphlet.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2010 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0-19-920588-4, 978-0-19-920588-2
Keywords: Elizabethan literature; prose fiction; poetry; violence; morality; tragedy; Bernard Garter; Arthur Brooke; Geoffrey Fenton; William Painter; Matteo Bandello; Pierre Boiastuau; Francois Belleforest
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 36877
Depositing User: Jonathan Gibson
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2013 10:38
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:44
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