Thomas Heywood and the classical tradition

Edited by Tania Demetriou and Janice Valls-Russell

Thomas Heywood and the classical tradition


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4025-8
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2021
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literature, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 17th Century, LITERARY CRITICISM / General, Literature & literary studies / Shakespeare studies & criticism, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: plays & playwrights


This volume offers the first in-depth investigation of Thomas Heywood's engagement with the classics. Its introduction and 12 essays trace how the classics shaped Heywood's work in a variety of genres across a writing career of over 40 years, ranging from drama, epic and epyllion, to translations, compendia and the design of a warship for Charles I. Close readings demonstrate the influence of a capaciously conceived classical tradition that included continental editions and translations of Latin and Greek texts, early modern mythographies and the medieval tradition of Troy. They attend to Heywood's thought-provoking imitations and juxtapositions of these sources, his use of myth to interrogate gender and heroism, and his turn to antiquity to celebrate and defamiliarise the theatrical or political present. Heywood's better-known works are discussed alongside critically neglected ones, making the collection valuable for undergraduates and researchers alike.


Introduction: Thomas Heywood and 'the antique world'
Janice Valls-Russell and Tania Demetriou
1 Intertextuality and Thomas Heywood's early Ovid: Oenone and Paris
Katherine Heavey
2 Thomas Heywood's Loves Schoole: emulation, adaptation and anachronism
M. L. Stapleton
3 Cross-dressing Jupiter and 'translating' Callisto: rescripting an Ovidian rape from page to stage
Janice Valls-Russell
4 'Interlaced with sundry histories': the open structure of The Silver Age
Yves Peyré
5 A 'glorious Greek'? Thomas Heywood and Hercules
Richard Rowland
6 The not-so-classical tradition: mythographic complexities in 1 Iron Age
Charlotte Coffin
7 Reading the classics, but how? Mythographic paradigms and 'ill-joined marquetry'
Yves Peyré
8 Compendious poetry: Homer and Ausonius in Thomas Heywood's Gynaikeion
Tania Demetriou
9 'The scene lies in Hel': The world of Lucian in Thomas Heywood's 'stage-poetry'
Camilla Temple
10 Acting like Greeks
Tanya Pollard
11 A theatre for the Iron Age: theorising practice in Thomas Heywood's Ages plays
Chloe Kathleen Preedy
12 The Sovereign of the Seas: Thomas Heywood's 3D engagement with the classics
Janice Valls-Russell

Appendix: Heywood's works, A chronological table
Select bibliography


Tania Demetriou is lecturer at the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge
Janice Valls-Russell is a principal research associate of France's National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), at the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL) at the University Paul Valéry, Montpellier

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