La mort en face : confrontations avec le crâne dans cinq tragédies anglaises de la renaissance tardive "La Tragédie de l'athée", "La Tragédie du vengeur", "Hamlet", "La Duchesse d'Amalfi" et "Le Roi Lear"

Abstract : Between 1600 and 1620, Elizabethan and Jabobean tragedy often focuses on a macabre stereotype - characters are shown staring at the face of Death. This stereotype is largely borrowed from the cultural setting of Shakespeare's day, which was dominated by the visual display of death, as defined in the memento mori conventions. Both the text and the staging of the tragedies of that age are concerned with staring at the Face of Death. The word " skull " and the stage property that corresponds to it cannot merely be considered as emblems of mortality, because they are both linked with the achetypes of Death. Indeed, these macabre signs regularly emphasize the spontaneous response to the staging of violence and death, so much so that they tend to unveil a death that refuses to be controlled by any emblematic setting or allegorical strategy. This ambivalent theatrical semiosis is studied in five tragedies : The Atheist's Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, Hamlet, The Duchess of Malfi and King Lear.
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Jean-Yves Michel. La mort en face : confrontations avec le crâne dans cinq tragédies anglaises de la renaissance tardive "La Tragédie de l'athée", "La Tragédie du vengeur", "Hamlet", "La Duchesse d'Amalfi" et "Le Roi Lear". Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 2002. Français. ⟨NNT : 2002NAN21018⟩. ⟨tel-01776395⟩

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