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dc.contributor.authorDavis, Alexander Lee
dc.identifier.citationDavis , A L 2010 , ' Living in the past : Thebes, periodization, and The Two Noble Kinsmen ' , Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies , vol. 40 , no. 1 , pp. 173-195 .
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dc.description.abstractOur sense of the distinction between the "medieval" and the "early modern" is structured by two notions: that the early modern period is characterized by the death of a chivalric culture that is dominant in the medieval period; and that the early modern is distinguished from the medieval by its superior historical self-awareness. This essay reassesses these themes through a reading of Shakespeare and Fletcher's The Two Noble Kinsmen (1634). This is a play of knighthood and chivalric spectacle, adapted from Chaucer's Knight's Tale, which brings Chaucer on stage in the play's prologue. Reading the play through a tradition of "Theban" narratives that proliferated from antiquity through the Middle Ages shows that the representation of chivalric culture in The Two Noble Kinsmen constructs a vision of the past very different from how modern accounts distinguish between medieval and early modern cultures.
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dc.rights© 2010 by Duke University Press. This work is made available online in accordance with publisher policies. Published version also available from DOI: 10.1215/10829636-2009-018en
dc.subjectPR English literatureen
dc.titleLiving in the past : Thebes, periodization, and The Two Noble Kinsmenen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Englishen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studiesen
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