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The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies / Edition 1
     

The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies / Edition 1

by Penny Gay
 

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ISBN-10: 0521672694

ISBN-13: 9780521672696

Pub. Date: 04/07/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Why did theatre audiences laugh in Shakespeare's day and why do they still laugh now? What do Shakespeare's comedies have to say about love, sex, gender, power, family, community and class? What place have pain, cruelty and even death in a comedy? Why all those puns? Penny Gay addresses these and many other questions in a survey that travels from Shakespeare's

Overview

Why did theatre audiences laugh in Shakespeare's day and why do they still laugh now? What do Shakespeare's comedies have to say about love, sex, gender, power, family, community and class? What place have pain, cruelty and even death in a comedy? Why all those puns? Penny Gay addresses these and many other questions in a survey that travels from Shakespeare's earliest experiments in farce and courtly love-stories to the great romantic comedies of his middle years and the mould-breaking experiments of his last decade's work. Organised thematically, the book provides a map of Shakespeare's comedic styles, Covers all Shakespeare's comedies, demonstrating how he built on conventions and themes to enrich the possibilities of the genre, Surveys changing fashions in productions of Shakespeare's comedies, from the seventeenth century to the films of today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521672696
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/07/2008
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
164
Sales rank:
1,235,925
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction: comedy as idea and practice     1
Farce: The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Wives of Windsor     16
Courtly lovers and the real world: Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice     35
Comedy and language: Love's Labour's Lost     58
Romantic comedy: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night     71
Problematic plots and endings: clowning and comedy post-Hamlet: Measure for Measure, All's Well That Ends Well, The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline, The Tempest     103
The afterlives of Shakespeare's comedies     124
Conclusion     138
Further reading     141
Notes     143
Index     151

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