The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy

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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,

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Overview

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,

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"13 essays of high quality..." Bibliotheque d'Humanisme & Renaissance
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521779425
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 849,476
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Leggatt is Professor of English at University College, University of Toronto. Among his books are: Citizen Comedy in the Age of Shakespeare (1973), Shakespeare's Comedy of Love (1974), Ben Jonson: his Vision and his Art (1981), English Drama: Shakespeare to the Restoration, 1590–1660 (1988), Shakespeare's Political Drama (1988), Jacobean Public Theatre (1992), English Stage Comedy 1490–1990: Five Centuries of a Genre (1998) and Introduction to English Renaissance Comedy (1999).

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
Chronology
1 Theories of comedy 3
2 Roman comedy 18
3 Italian stories on the stage 32
4 Elizabethan comedy 47
5 Popular festivity 64
6 Forms of confusion 81
7 Love and courtship 102
8 Laughing at others 123
9 Comedy and sex 139
10 Language and comedy 156
11 Sexual disguise and the theatre of gender 179
12 Matters of state 198
13 The experiment of romance 215
Select bibliography 230
Index 234
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