Robert E. Norton's research while affiliated with New York State and other places

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Lessing’s one-act play Philotas had long been read as a straightforward tragedy that glorified self-sacrifice in the name of heroic patriotism. More recently, commentators have seen the play as a critique of precisely that same cause, but have not explained how or why Lessing carried it out. I show here how Lessing manipulated the structural generi...