Tragedy in Transition
Editor: Sarah Annes Brown
Editor: Catherine Silverstone
Tragedy in Transition is an innovative and exciting introduction to the theory and practice of tragedy.
Looks at a broad range of topics in the field of tragedy in literature, from ancient to contemporary times
Explores the links between writers from different times and cultures Focuses on the reception of classical
texts in subsequent literatures, and discusses their treatment in a range of media Surveys the lasting
influence of the most resonant narratives in tragedy Contemplates exciting and unexpected combinations
of text and topic among them the relationship between tragedy and childhood, science fiction, and the
role of the gods
Sarah Annes Brown
Sarah Annes Brown is Chair of the Department of English, Communication, Film, and Media at Anglia
Ruskin University. In addition to numerous short pieces on various aspects of classical reception, her
publications include The Metamorphosis of Ovid: From Chaucer to Ted Hughes, Ovid: Myth and
Metamorphosis, and Nicholas Rowe's translation of Lucan's Pharsalia, which she co-edited with Charles
Martindale. She is currently writing a book about transhistoricism.
Catherine Silverstone is Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at Queen Mary, University
of London. She has written several articles on Shakespeare and performance. She is currently writing a
book entitled Shakespeare and Trauma: Contemporary Performances on Stage and Screen.
"Sarah Annes Brown and Catherine Silverstone have assembled fourteen essays that adopt a
'transhistorical' approach in their edited collection, Tragedy in Transition. Although not centred in early
modern drama, Jonson, John Ford, and especially Shakespeare are prominently featured in this superb,
wide-ranging volume that extends chronologically from Sophocles to filmmaker Quentin Tarentino."
"[It] was first voiced in 1961, that the twentieth century saw 'the death of tragedy' ... .We can swallow this
whole or attend to other, more meliorist perspectives--offered by Sarah Annes Brown and Catherine
Silverstone in another timely collection of essays, Tragedy in Transition."
"Setting the agenda for further research of this type."