The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies

The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies

by Penny Gay
     
 

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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

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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.

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From the Publisher
"...a balanced voice of experience and wisdom. Gay’s is a book you might read without being compelled to, for the pleasure of learning more about plays that continue to work on the stage and on the page...Gay tells us much that is relevant and illuminating about the plays’ historical context, but her most persistent reality check is a lively sense of how the plays work on stage, for actual readers and audiences...Gay is an excellent guide...This is a book anyone from a novice to an experienced scholar should be able to read with pleasure and instruction."
-Robert Phiddian, Australian Book Review

"The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies would be an excellent addition to a Shakespeare course."
Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521856683
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/08/2008
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Literature Series
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Penny Gay is Professor of English and Drama at the University of Sydney.

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