Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy / Edition 1

Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy / Edition 1

by Alexander Leggatt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521779421

ISBN-13: 2900521779424

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This introduction examines the continuity and variety of Shakepeare's work and the creative use he made of his inherited conventions. The first section places Shakespeare in the context of classical and Renaissance comedy, his Elizabethan predecessors and the traditions of popular festivity. The second section traces themes through Shakespeare's early and middle

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This introduction examines the continuity and variety of Shakepeare's work and the creative use he made of his inherited conventions. The first section places Shakespeare in the context of classical and Renaissance comedy, his Elizabethan predecessors and the traditions of popular festivity. The second section traces themes through Shakespeare's early and middle comedies, dark comedies and late romances, illuminating particular plays by close analysis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900521779424
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
Chronology
1Theories of comedy3
2Roman comedy18
3Italian stories on the stage32
4Elizabethan comedy47
5Popular festivity64
6Forms of confusion81
7Love and courtship102
8Laughing at others123
9Comedy and sex139
10Language and comedy156
11Sexual disguise and the theatre of gender179
12Matters of state198
13The experiment of romance215
Select bibliography230
Index234

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