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MemberJulian Wolfreys

I am a literary critic, specialising in 19th- and 20th-century English literature, and literary theory, with a particular focus on the work of Jacques Derrida. In addition to having written or edited more than 40 books of criticism, I have also published a novel, Silent Music, and two collections of poetry, Draping the Sky for a Snowfall and The Grand European Bestiary, the latter a bilingual collection, in Polish and English (Polish translations by Monika Szuba).

Deposit1. Introduction, in Shakespearean Tragedy as Chivalric Romance, 2nd ed

Chapter 1: Introduction provides on overview of the nature of English chivalric romances and an explanation of the historical circumstances of its particular vogue in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean England. It examines the biases in literary criticism—literary supersession and literary prefigurement, and neo-classical definitions of and relationships between genres—which serve to disregard or discount such romances. It concludes by sketching the discussions to follow, on the survival and significance of English chivalric romances, and on the methodology, both like and unlike source and influence studies, used in the interpretations of Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear.