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History and Drama

The Pan-European Tradition

Funded by: European Research Council (ERC)
Edited by: Joachim Küpper, Jan Mosch, and Elena Penskaya

Aristotle’s neat compartmentalization notwithstanding (Poetics, ch. 9), historians and playwrights have both been laying claim to representations of the past – arguably since Antiquity, but certainly since the Renaissance. At a time when narratology challenges historiographers to differentiate their “emplotments” (White) from literary inventions, this thirteen-essay collection takes a fresh look at the production of historico-political knowledge in literature and the intricacies of reality and fiction.

Written by experts who teach in Germany, Austria, Russia, and the United States, the articles provide a thorough interpretation of early modern drama (with a view to classical times and the 19th century) as an ideological platform that is as open to royal self-fashioning and soteriology as it is to travestying and subverting the means and ends of historical interpretation. The comparative analysis of metapoetic and historiosophic aspects also sheds light on drama as a transnational phenomenon, demonstrating the importance of the cultural net that links the multifaceted textual examples from France, Russia, England, Italy, and the Netherlands.

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Joachim Küpper and Jan Mosch, Free University of Berlin, Germany; Elena Penskaya, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.

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Audience: Scholars of Comparative Literature, Drama Studies, History of Literature, Early Modern Literature, History of Ideas