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Title:
The Cambridge companion to Shakespearean comedy
Author:
Leggatt, Alexander.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
xviii, 237 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
pt. 1: Shakespeare and comic tradition -- Theories of comedy / David Galbraith -- Roman comedy / Robert S. Miola -- Italian stories on the stage / Louise George Clubb -- Elizabethan comedy / Janette Dillon -- Popular festivity / François Laroque -- pt. 2: Shakespearean comedy -- Forms of confusion / John Creaser -- Love and courtship / Catherine Bates -- Laughing at "others" / Edward Berry -- Comedy and sex / Alexander Leggatt -- Language and comedy / Lynne Magnusson -- Sexual disguise and the theatre of gender / Barbara Hodgdon -- Matters of state / Anthony Miller -- The experiment of romance / Michael O'Connell.
Reading Level:
1500 Lexile.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780521770446

9780521779425
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

First published in 2001, this is an accessible, wide-ranging and informed introduction to Shakespeare's comedies and romances. Rather than taking each play in isolation, the chapters trace recurring issues, suggesting both the continuity and the variety of Shakespeare's practice and the creative use he made of the conventions he inherited. The first section puts Shakespeare in the context of classical and Renaissance comedy and comic theory, the work of his Elizabethan predecessors and the traditions of popular festivity. The second section traces a number of themes through Shakespeare's early and middle comedies, dark comedies and late romances, establishing the key features of his comedy as a whole and illuminating particular plays by close analysis. Individual chapters draw on contemporary politics, rhetoric, and the history of Shakespeare production. Written by experts in the relevant fields, the chapters frequently challenge long-standing critical assumptions.


Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology
Part I Shakespeare and Comic Tradition
1 Theories of comedy David Galbraith
2 Roman comedy Robert S. Miola
3 Italian stories on the stage Louis George Clubb
4 Elizabethan comedy Janette Dillon
5 Popular festivity Franàois Laroque
Part II Shakespearean Comedy
6 Forms of confusion John Creaser
7 Love and courtship Catherine Bates
8 Laughing at 'others' Edward Berry
9 Comedy and sex Alexander Leggatt
10 Language and comedy Lynne Magnusson
11 Sexual disguise and the theatre of gender Barbara Hodgdon
12 Matters of state Anthony Miller
13 The experiment of romance Michael O'Connell
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