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Introduction to English Renaissance Comedy - Alexander Leggatt

Introduction to English Renaissance Comedy

Paperback Published: 13th May 1999
ISBN: 9780719049651
Number Of Pages: 192

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Introduction to English Renaissance comedy explores the interconnected themes of politics, magic and sex in a number of representative comedies by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. It ranges across the Elizabethan, Jacobean and Caroline periods, covering both public and private theatres, emphasising the eclectic, experimental nature of this comedy: its departures from the mainstream New Comedy tradition, its searching, witty analysis of social and personal relations in court, city and country.

This book offers not a broad general survey but a close analysis of some of the richest comedies of the period, making sometimes unexpected connections between them: Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest, Lyly's Endymion, Greene's Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, Marston's The Malcontent, Middleton's Michaelmas Term, Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, Shirley's The Lady of Pleasure and Brome's A Jovial Crew. Through these plays the reader is given a comprehensive picture of English comedy in one of its most creative periods.

The book is aimed at students and teachers of English and drama, and at general readers with an interest in theatre.

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...a welcome addition to scholarship written for nonspecialists... "Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England"

Lyly, Endymion
Greene, Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay
Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Marston, The Malcontent
Middleton, Michaelmas Term
Shakespeare, The Tempest
Jonson, Bartholomew Fair
Caroline Comedy: Shirley, The Lady of Pleasure and Brome, a Jovial Crew
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ISBN: 9780719049651
ISBN-10: 0719049652
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 13th May 1999
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27