Renaissance Society of America recognizes Blair Hoxby
The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) recently recognized BLAIR HOXBY, professor of English, for his 2015 book, What Was Tragedy? Theory and the Early Modern Canon. The RSA awarded What Was Tragedy? an honorable mention in consideration for the 2017 Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize.
What Was Tragedy? earned critical acclaim for shedding new light on early modern conceptions of tragedy, offering an alternative critical approach to masterpieces by Shakespeare, Calderón, Corneille, Racine, Milton and Mozart. Hoxby argues that the theory and practice of tragedy during the early modern period – roughly, from 1500 to 1800 – differs sharply from the idea of tragedy that most of us now take for granted.
According to the RSA, Hoxby’s book “exhibits a powerful disciplinary, linguistic and chronological reach, and asks fundamental questions about secular and sacred drama, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment and early modern and post-Romantic thought.”
Hoxby has also published critical studies on the poetry and prose of John Milton, John Dryden and their Augustan heirs. He teaches English poetry from the Renaissance to Romanticism, tragedy and tragic theory from Aristotle to the present, theater history and performance theory.