Interweaving myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries / edited by Janice Valls-Russell, Agnès Lafont and Charlotte Coffin.

Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2017.
xiii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
Mythology in literature.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan.
Mythology in literature.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
This volume proposes new insights into the uses of classical mythology by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, focusing on interweaving processes in early modern appropriations of myth. Its 11 essays show how early modern writing intertwines diverse myths and plays with variant versions of individual myths that derive from multiple classical sources, as well as medieval, Tudor and early modern retellings and translations. Works discussed include poems and plays by William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe and others. Essays concentrate on specific plays including 'The Merchant of Venice' and 'Dido Queen of Carthage', tracing interactions between myths, chronicles, the Bible and contemporary genres. Mythological figures are considered to demonstrate how the weaving together of sources deconstructs gendered representations. New meanings emerge from these readings, which open up methodological perspectives on multi-textuality, artistic appropriation and cultural hybridity.
Introduction: 'Ariachne's broken woof' / Janice Valls-Russell, Agnès Lafont and Charlotte Coffin
Shakespeare's mythological feuilletage : a methodological induction / Yves Peyré
The non-Ovidian Elizabethan epyllion : Thomas Watson, Christopher Marlowe, Richard Barnfield / Tonia Demetriou
'This realm is an empire' : tales of origins in medieval and early modern France and England / Dominique Goy-Blanquet
Trojan shadows in Shakespeare's King John / Janice Valls-Russell
Venetian Jasons, parti-colored lambs and a tainted wether : ovine tropes and the Golden Fleece in The merchant of Venice / Atsuhiko Hirota
Fifty ways to kill your brother : Medea and the poetics of fratricide in early modern English literature / Katherine Heavey
'She, whom Jove transported into Crete' : Europa, between consent and rape / Gaëlle Ginestet
Subtle weavers, mythological interweavings and feminine political agency : Penelope and Arachne in early modern drama / Nathalie Rivère de Carles
Multi-layered conversations in Marlowe's Dido, queen of Carthage / Agnès Lafont
Burlesque or neoplatonic? Popular or elite? The shifting value of classical mythology in Love's mistress / Charlotte Coffin
Pygmalion, once and future myth : instead of a conclusion / Ruth Morse.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-275) and index.
Valls-Russell, Janice, editor.
Lafont, Agnès, editor.
Coffin, Charlotte, editor.
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