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The Senecan Tragedy of Feste in Twelfth Night

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2019

Emma Smith
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University of Oxford
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A. C. Bradley here invokes Epictetus as a Greek source of the classical Stoicism that was exerting an increasing influence on the intellectual life of Renaissance England. Fostered by James Sanford’s 1567 translation of Epictetus’ Enchiridion into English as The Manuell,2 this influence accommodates what Bradley’s association of Epictetus with Feste can be seen to suggest: which is that the character Shakespeare has created in Feste is, like Epictetus, a Stoic.

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Shakespeare Survey 72 , pp. 268 - 283
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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