Mourning Thomas Kyd's Lost Works
SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
Johns Hopkins University Press
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Tregear, T. (2018). Mourning Thomas Kyd's Lost Works. SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 58 (2), 307-330. https://doi.org/10.1353/sel.2018.0013
This essay examines the related questions of mourning, knowledge and authorship in Thomas Kyd’s elusive corpus. In The Spanish Tragedy, Isabella cannot begin to mourn her murdered son until she knows “the author of this endles woe;” her melancholic state helps us to revisit fragments from Kyd’s lost works, preserved in two 1600 anthologies. Connecting together recent bibliographic criticism, theoretical writing from Freud to Gillian Rose, and a consideration of the infamous ur-Hamlet, this essay argues that these fragments, taken from their settings, are characterized by a melancholic loss that uncannily replays the preoccupations of Kyd’s drama.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/sel.2018.0013
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/270595