Shakespeare's Comedies: A Guide to Criticism / Edition 1

Shakespeare's Comedies: A Guide to Criticism / Edition 1

by Emma Smith
     
 

Criticism of Shakespeare’s comedies has shifted from stressing their light-hearted and festive qualities to giving a stronger sense of their dark aspects and their social resonances. This volume introduces the key critical debates under five headings: genre, history and politics, gender and sexuality, language, and performance.

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Criticism of Shakespeare’s comedies has shifted from stressing their light-hearted and festive qualities to giving a stronger sense of their dark aspects and their social resonances. This volume introduces the key critical debates under five headings: genre, history and politics, gender and sexuality, language, and performance.

The Guide serves students of Shakespeare in two ways. Firstly, by presenting ten recent critical interventions in the field of Shakespeare studies, it provides an up-to-date compendium of current scholarship. All the articles are contextualised with brief critical overviews and annotated suggestions for further reading. An additional chapter on pre-twentieth-century criticism is mainly in narrative form but excerpts significant early views by Johnson, Hazlitt and Coleridge. Thus, secondly, the volume acts as a guide to further reading to help students extend their knowledge of Shakespeare criticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631220121
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/20/2003
Series:
Blackwell Guides to Criticism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1 The Development of Criticism of Shakespeare's Comedies.

2 Genre.

Marriage as Comic Closure.

False Immortality in Measure for Measure.

3 Language.

Here Follows Prose.

Transfer of Title in Love's Labour's Lost.

4 Gender and Sexuality.

Helena's Bed-trick.

The Homoerotics of Shakespearian.

Comedy.

5 History and Politics.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?.

Bottom's Up.

6 Performance.

Kate: Interpreting the Silence.

As You Like It.

Index

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