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Shakespeare

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For Shakespeare, the trials and tribulations of love become a subject for both laughter and sympathy, presented in a dramatic form that combines such diverse elements as high poetic imagination, intelligent criticism, and farcical popular entertainment. This complex image is presented to readers in this book through detailed analysis of extracts from the four major comedies—A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It. Methods are explained and further work suggested to ...

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Overview

For Shakespeare, the trials and tribulations of love become a subject for both laughter and sympathy, presented in a dramatic form that combines such diverse elements as high poetic imagination, intelligent criticism, and farcical popular entertainment. This complex image is presented to readers in this book through detailed analysis of extracts from the four major comedies—A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It. Methods are explained and further work suggested to enhance reading of the plays, and they are related to the rest of Shakespeare's works.

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Draper (English, University of Aberdeen) presents detailed analysis of four major comedies. Methods of analysis are explained and further work suggested, so that readers can use tools displayed in the analyses to pursue and develop their own insights. A final section relating the comedies to the rest of Shakespeare's work, outlining some theories of comedy and summarizing approaches of three modern critics, provides a context for more extended study of Shakespearean comedy. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312227029
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/15/2000
  • Series: Analysing Texts Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

R. P. Draper is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Aberdeen.

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Table of Contents

Analyzing Shakespeare's Comedies
• Introduction: The Nature of Shakespearean Comedy
• Atmospherics
• Sympathetic Criticism
• Illusion
• Romantic Sentiment
• Wooing
• Fools (1): Dupes
• Fools (2): Clever Fools
• Manlike Women
• Odd Men Out
• Set Pieces
• Endings
The Context and the Critics
• The Other Comedies and the Poems
• Histories, Tragedies and Last Plays
• Theories of Comedy and Criticism of Shakespeare's Comedies: H.B. Charlton, C.L. Barber, Ruth Nevo
• Three Critics of Shakespeare's Comedies

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