Giuseppe Leone

From Universal to (Flawed) Particular: Subversive Attempts to Re-Create the Real in Elizabethan Theatre

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This article aims to analyze the transition from Universal to Particular in Elizabethan Theatre, underlining that this transition is doubly revolutionary: on the one hand, being an attempt to recreate a plausible reality, stealing God's creational power, and on the other, claiming the right to change - according to the author's will and to his theatrical urgent convenience - the axes of time, space, etc. The events staged are set in a specific scenario where past melts with present and geo-political slips go together with further inexactnesses with neither severe coherence, nor censure, nor formal disapproval. In this sense, the use of the Renaissance stage can be considered subversive.


  • Elizabethan Theatre
  • Anachronism
  • Universal/Particular
  • Subversion
  • Shakespeare


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