Four Renaissance Comedies

Four Renaissance Comedies

by Robert Shaughnessy


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This edition of four Renaissance comedies represents the vitality, range and diversity of the English comic drama of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, reflecting both its capacity for escapist fantasy and its concern with the intrigues of everyday city life. Comprehensive textual notes establish the plays in their originating cultural and theatrical circumstances, as well as explaining obscure references and allusions. A general introduction provides a helpful overview of early modern comedy in the context of Renaissance comic theory and practice, together with an assessment of its continuing theatrical appeal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333973653
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 03/04/2004
Edition description: 2003
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

ROBERT SHAUGHNESSY is Professor of Theatre at the University of Surrey Roehampton.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.- General Introduction.- Note on the Texts.- The Old Wives Tale.- The Shoemaker's Holiday.- The Alchemist.- A New Way to Pay Old Debts.- Further Reading.- Index.

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