Sederi 32 — 2022
Marta Cerezo Moreno
Isabel Guerrero Llorente
Cristina Paravano, “’Remembrance of things past’: Classical and Renaissance echoes in Philip Massinger’s The Roman Actor.” SEDERI 32 (2022): 87‒110
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This essay discusses Philip Massinger’s The Roman Actor (1626) as an example of the profoundly composite nature of early modern dramatic texts. Massinger placed borrowings and echoes from several classical and early modern texts in a new context, arguably counting on audiences’ pleasure of recognition. Focusing on sources which have not received enough critical attention, this essay investigates the influence of classical authors like Tacitus and Statius, and the impact of other Massingerian plays to shed light on the way the playwright appropriated and refashioned some sources to suit his tragedy’s political agenda.
Keywords: The Roman Actor; Massinger; audience; sources; refashioning.
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