2. The Survival of English Chivalric Romances, in Shakespearean Tragedy as Chivalric Romance, 2nd ed
- Michael L. Hays (see profile)
- Medieval English Literature, Renaissance / Early Modern Studies, Shakespeare, Shakespearean Dramatic Genres
- Analytical bibliography, Elizabethan literature, Literary history, Medieval manuscripts, Print culture, Shakespeare
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- Chapter 2: The Survival of English Chivalric Romances provides an account of the documentary evidence of manuscripts, entries, printings, and adaptations which detail the survival of English chivalric romances. The discussion considers other cultural artifacts and related literary kinds which include materials from the tradition of these romances in order to indicate its cultural pervasiveness. It tabulates the pertinent evidence, most importantly by chronology, with an explanation of fluctuations in the popularity of these romances as guides to their main concerns. It concludes with a survey of contemporary critical reaction to English chivalric romances.
- This chapter is part of a revised and enlarged second edition of “Shakespearean Tragedy as Chivalric Romance: Rethinking Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear,” (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2003). After two printings, the first edition soon went out of print. The publisher had excluded the appendix to reduce costs and declined a second edition to include it. I have published this edition elsewhere since 2014 and here in 2018 to make the book with the appendix available for free.
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