Thomas Heywood and the classical tradition / Janice Valls-Russell, Tania Demetriou.

Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2021.
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Heywood, Thomas, approximately 1574-1641 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Mythology, Classical -- Drama.
Dramatists, English -- Early modern, 1500-1700.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600.
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This volume offers the first in-depth investigation of Thomas Heywood's engagement with the classics. Its introduction and twelve essays trace how the classics shaped Heywood's work in a variety of genres across a writing career of over forty years, ranging from drama, epic and epyllion, to translations, compendia and the design of a warship for Charles I. Close readings demonstrate the influence of a capaciously conceived classical tradition that included continental editions and translations of Latin and Greek texts, early modern mythographies and the medieval tradition of Troy. They attend to Heywood's thought-provoking imitations and juxtapositions of these sources, his use of myth to interrogate gender and heroism, and his turn to antiquity to celebrate and defamiliarise the theatrical or political present. Heywood's better-known works are discussed alongside critically neglected ones, making the collection valuable for undergraduates and researchers alike.
"Thomas Heywood was unusual in the diversity and quantity of his output, and fascinatingly individual in his classicism. This volume offers a groundbreaking investigation of his engagement with the classics across a career that spanned over forty years. The first in-depth study of his classicism, it features a variety of perspectives. The introduction and twelve essays trace how the classics shaped Heywood's writing in a wide variety of genres - translation, drama, epyllic and epic verse, compendia, epigrams, panegyrics and pamphlets - and informed both his many pageants and the warship he helped design for Charles I. Close readings demonstrate the depth and breadth of his classicism, establishing the rich influence of continental editions and translations of Latin and Greek texts, early modern mythographies, chronicles and the medieval tradition of Troy as revived by the Tudors. The essays probe Heywood's habit of juxtaposing different and often disjunctive layers of a capaciously conceived 'classical tradition' in thought-provoking ways, attend to his use of the multiplicitous logic of myth to interrogate gender and heroism, and consider the way he turns to antiquity not only to celebrate but also to defamiliarise the theatrical or political present. Different contributions focus on A Woman Killed with Kindness, Oenone and Paris, Loves School, The Rape of Lucrece, Troia Britanica, the Ages plays, Gynaikeion, Dialogues and Dramma's, Apology for Actors, Sovereign of the Seas. Classical reception thus provides an illuminating, productively cross-generic angle for approaching Heywood's prolific output and idiosyncratic aesthetic, that will be valuable to undergraduates as well as specialist researchers." -- Back cover.
Introduction: Thomas Heywood and 'the antique world' / Janice Valls-Russell and Tania Demetriou
1. Intertextuality and Thomas Heywood's early Ovid: Oenone and Paris / Katherine Heavey
2. Thomas Heywood's Loves Schoole: emulation, adaptation and anachronism / M. L. Stapleton
3. Rescripting classical stories of rape from page to stage: Lucrece and Callisto / Janice Valls-Russell
4. 'Interlaced with sundry histories': the open structure of The Silver Age / Yves Peyré
5. A 'glorious Greek'? Thomas Heywood and Hercules / Richard Rowland
6. The not-so-classical tradition: mythographic complexities in 1 Iron Age / Charlotte Coffin
7. Reading the classics, but how? Mythographic paradigms and 'ill-joined marquetry' / Yves Peyré
8. Compendious poetry: Homer and Ausonius in Thomas Heywood's Gynaikeion / Tania Demetriou
9. 'The scene lies in Hel': The world of Lucian in Thomas Heywood's 'stage-poetry' / Camilla Temple
10. Acting like Greeks / Tanya Pollard
11. A theatre for the Iron Age: theorising practice in Thomas Heywood's Ages plays / Chloe Kathleen Preedy
12. The Sovereign of the Seas: Thomas Heywood's 3D engagement with the classics / Janice Valls-Russell
Appendix: Heywood's works, A chronological table
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