John Fletcher's Rome

Questioning the classics

By Domenico Lovascio

John Fletcher's Rome
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  • ISBN: 9781526157386
  • Publish Date: Mar 2022
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    John Fletcher's Rome is the first book to explore John Fletcher's engagement with classical antiquity. Like Shakespeare and Jonson, Fletcher wrote, alone or in collaboration, a number of Roman plays: Bonduca, Valentinian, The False One and The Prophetess. Unlike Shakespeare's or Jonson's, however, Fletcher's Roman plays have seldom been the subject of critical discussion.

    Domenico Lovascio's ground-breaking study examines these plays as a group for the first time, thus identifying disorientation as the unifying principle of Fletcher's portrayal of imperial Rome. John Fletcher's Rome argues that Fletcher's dramatization of ancient Rome exudes a sense of detachment and scepticism as to the authority of Roman models resulting from his irreverent approach to the classics. The book sheds new light on Fletcher's intellectual life, his vision of history, and the interconnections between these plays and the rest of his canon.


    'This monograph, ground-breaking as it is in several respects, valuably reminds
    us that Shakespeare and Jonson were not the only dramatists to write 'Roman
    plays'... Lovascio is to be thanked for this valuable work...'
    Early Theatre

    'John Fletcher's Rome itself, along with Lovascio's other scholarship, has greatly contributed to the exploration of the work of this important dramatist and of the period generally, clearing the way for further research while serving as a shining example to emulate.'
    Shakespeare Quarterly


    Introduction: The Roman plays in the Fletcher canon
    1 'Take your Lily / And get your part ready': Fletcher and the classics
    2 'I am no Roman, / Nor what I am do I know': Fletcher's Roman plays as Trauerspiele
    3 'Had Lucrece e'er been thought of but for Tarquin?': The inadequacy of Roman female exempla
    4 'To do thus / I learned of thee': Shakespeare's exemplary Roman plays
    Conclusion: Questioning the classics


    Domenico Lovascio teaches English Literature at the University of Genoa in Italy

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