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dc.contributor.authorBuckley, Emma
dc.identifier.citationBuckley , E 2016 , ' Drama in the margins – academic text and political context in Matthew Gwinne's Nero: Nova Tragædia (1603) and Ben Jonson's Sejanus (1603/5) ' , Renaissance Studies , vol. 30 , no. 4 , pp. 602-622 .
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-7937-9134/work/60195530
dc.descriptionRenaissance Studies Journal (Special Issue): Latin Drama, Religion and Politics in Early Modern Europe. Editors: Sarah Knight and Elizabeth Sandis.en
dc.description.abstractIn the front matter to Matthew Gwinne’s Nero, John Sandsbury asserts that this history-play will supplant the ‘puerile’ pseudo-Senecan Octavia. My paper will explore this definition of the play as emulous academic exercise, through a comparative examination of Nero’s divorce and exile of Octavia in the pseudo-Senecan Octavia and Act IV of the 1603 Nero. Comparative reading of ‘text’ and ‘margin’ will, I argue, reveal a significant fissure between Octavia and Nero, above all in undermining the ‘apologetic’ drive of the pseudo-Senecan play, which seeks to disassociate Seneca from Nero’s tyranny and absolve the philosopher of any responsibility in the tragic fate of Octavia. I will then propose that the only post-antique sources Gwinne sidenotes in his text –John of Salisbury’s Policraticus (1159) and Savile’s The Ende of Nero (1591) – adumbrate this perspective further, for both these authors in different ways question the value of the doctrine of ‘absolute obedience’, a position Seneca conspicuously takes in the 1603 Nero. A third section will take this reading further, setting Nero against Jonson’s (1605) Sejanus to suggest that Nero is a text with genuine cultural impact, pointing the way for later authors who will find in Rome’s ancient history a potent way to speak to contemporary power.
dc.relation.ispartofRenaissance Studiesen
dc.subjectAcademic dramaen
dc.subjectMatthew Gwinneen
dc.subjectBen Jonsonen
dc.subjectPN0441 Literary Historyen
dc.titleDrama in the margins – academic text and political context in Matthew Gwinne's Nero: Nova Tragædia (1603) and Ben Jonson's Sejanus (1603/5)en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Classicsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studiesen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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