Last Scene of All
Representing Death on the Western Stage

Edited by Jessica Goodman

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

  Autumn 2021

ISBN: 978-1-781886-86-1 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781886-90-8 (paperback, forthcoming)

ISBN: 978-1-781887-20-2 (JSTOR ebook)

EnlightenmentFrenchDrama


Death in classical tragedy is an ending: a symbolic moment of catharsis, read by the audience according to theatrical and cultural tradition. Yet any stage death is also a non-ending: just one in a series of repeated (re)presentations, by an actor who will live (and die) again. Spanning six centuries and seven countries, this study considers how different dramatic authors have engaged with this tension, examining the representation of death as theme and practice; culturally-inflected symbol and never-ending ending. In tracing how Western authors since the sixteenth century have played with and against classical notions of endings and closure, these essays explore the potential and limits of the physical stage for confronting human mortality.

Jessica Goodman is Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow in French at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

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Goodman, Jessica (ed.), Last Scene of All: Representing Death on the Western Stage (Cambridge: Legenda, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 Last Scene of All: Representing Death on the Western Stage, ed. by Jessica Goodman (Cambridge: Legenda, 2021), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Goodman, p. 47.

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Goodman, Jessica (ed.). 2021. Last Scene of All: Representing Death on the Western Stage (Cambridge: Legenda)

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