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An outline of Tillyard’s criticism of Shakespeare’s history plays
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Pages: 44-49+90
Year: Issue:  6
Journal: Journal of Zhoukou Teachers College

Keyword:  TillyardShakespeare’s history playshistorical criticismTetralogy;
Abstract: Historical critic E.M.W.Tillyard insisted that Renaissance England inherited the Medieval religious and political thoughts,and this ideological tradition dominated the society,Shakespeare’s history plays were reflections of such popular Christianity-based thoughts of the Tudor Myth.Thus,Tillyard divided Shakespeare’s history plays into two tetralogies,and then analyzed the character,theme,plot of each tetralogy.These analyses were the highlights of 20 th century historical criticism of Shakespeare,and also made Tillyard the spokesman of Shakespeare’s history plays.
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