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.
|Publisher:||Macmillan Education UK|
|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.