This essay has been previously published, in Japanese, in Shakespeare across the Centuries, ed. Shakespeare Society of Japan (Tokyo: Kenkyusha, 2002), 241â75. I am grateful to the Shakespeare Society of Japan for its kind invitation to address the membership and for the occasion it afforded me to prepare this essay. 1 Jodi Mikalachki, describing King Lear as Shakespeareâs âtragedy of British prehistor y,â makes a compelling argument that it dramatizes âa period before civilizationâ (The Legacy of Boadicea: Gender and Nation in Early Modern England [London: Routledge, 1998], 70, 71). The only other exceptions to the general rule that Shakespeareâs tragedies are set outside England are his tragic histories such as Richard III and Richard II. As I will discuss later in this essay, they are generically double, falling within the rubrics both of English histor y and of tragedy. Modern Language Quarterly 64:3, September 2003. Â© 2003 University of Washington. MLQ September 2003 Is the pattern of locating tragedy outside England unique to Shakespeare? Is it of critical signi cance, or just a random curiosity? In attempting to answer these questions, I meditate in what follows on the links among genre, geography, and the class and gender
Modern Language Quarterly: A Journal of Literary History – Duke University Press
Published: Sep 1, 2003
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