Sabine Coelsch-Foisner (ed.)
Elizabethan Literature and Transformation

Band 15, 1999, 282 Seiten
EUR 45,50
ISBN 978-3-86057-315-0
Reihe: Studies in English and Comparative Literature


Texts are sites for transformation. That texts do not only signify inherently, but also in relation to other systems of meaning, to other texts and cultural norms, and that their aesthetic is inseparable from determinants exterior to linguistic properties, were the underlying notions of the 1997 Salzburg Conference on Elizabethan Literature and Transformation. Concentrating on transformations by Elizabethans of classical and Renaissance foreign literary works, transformation of works within Elizabethan literature and transformations of Elizabethan works of literature in later periods, the present volume travels a long way from Ovid and the Apocryphia via Marlowe and Shakespeare to Stoppard and Jarman, covering drama, prose fiction and poetry, and broaching generic, topical, and ecological issues, questions of reception theory, culturalist concerns, and mythology. The essays collected in this book reveal above all that transformation means not only change, metamorphosis, and transfiguration, but also creation and that, as we read and compare texts, we add another dimension: the relationship between the text and ourselves, in other words, the transformation of the text by the individual reader. This study of Elizabethan literature is therefore relevant to the discussion of transformation both in the classical and postmodernist sense.

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