Shakespeare and Comedy

Shakespeare and Comedy

by Robert Maslen

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Shakespeare and Comedy by Robert Maslen

Comedy was at the centre of a critical storm that raged throughout the early modern period. Shakespeare's plays made capital of this controversy. In them he deliberately invokes the case against comedy made by the Elizabethan theatre haters. They are filled with jokes that go too far, laughter that hurts its victims, wordplay that turns to swordplay and aggressive acts of comic revenge. In a detailed study of seventeen plays, tragedies and histories as well as comedies, Maslen contends that Shakespeare's use of the comic mode is always calculatedly unsettling, and that this is part of what makes it pleasurable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904271444
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 11/15/2005
Series: Arden Critical Companions Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.59(d)

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