John Fletcher's Rome: Questioning the Classics (Revels Plays Companion Library) (Hardcover)

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John Fletcher's Rome: Questioning the Classics (Revels Plays Companion Library) (Hardcover)

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John Fletcher's Rome is the first book to explore John Fletcher's engagement with classical antiquity. Like Shakespeare and Jonson, Fletcher wrote, alone or in collaboration, a number of Roman plays: Bonduca, Valentinian, The False One and The Prophetess. Unlike Shakespeare's or Jonson's, however, Fletcher's Roman plays have seldom been the subject of critical discussion.

Domenico Lovascio's ground-breaking study examines these plays as a group for the first time, thus identifying disorientation as the unifying principle of Fletcher's portrayal of imperial Rome. John Fletcher's Rome argues that Fletcher's dramatization of ancient Rome exudes a sense of detachment and scepticism as to the authority of Roman models resulting from his irreverent approach to the classics. The book sheds new light on Fletcher's intellectual life, his vision of history, and the interconnections between these plays and the rest of his canon.
Domenico Lovascio teaches English Literature at the University of Genoa in Italy
Product Details ISBN: 9781526157386
ISBN-10: 1526157381
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2022
Pages: 232
Language: English
Series: Revels Plays Companion Library