‘Love in the Museum’: Howard Barker, the Erotic and the Elizabethan/Jacobean Text

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Abstract

This chapter focuses in more detail at Howard Barker’s ideas (principally expressed in his essay collection Arguments for a Theatre) as his rationale for the appropriation of classical texts and belief in the radical potential of classical tragedy in terms of the erotic as well as offending modern culture’s sensibilities about the nature of death. This chapter targets Barker’s other major engagements with Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedy, including his self-styled ‘collaboration’ with Thomas Middleton on Women Beware Women (1986), Seven Lears (1990), and Gertrude (The Cry) (2002), Barker’s revisitation of Hamlet.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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