Performing genre: tragic staging, tragic walking and tragic speaking

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Tragedy is a category of play. But was it, in Shakespeare’s time, a method of acting too? This article explores tragic “black” curtains; the tragic walk (stalking, jetting, strutting, striding) and its accompanying footwear; and tragic speech. It argues that tragedy was often conveyed beyond, beside or without words, and shows how crucial staging was to a play’s genre – and hence its meaning.


Original languageEnglish
Article number5904
Journalactes des congrès de la Société Française Shakespeare
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2021


  • genre, tragedy, staging, curtains, stalking, jetting, strutting, striding, toning, Shakespeare William, Jonson Ben, Marlowe Christopher, Burbage Richard