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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy : Cambridge Companions to Literature - Alexander Leggatt

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy

Cambridge Companions to Literature

By: Alexander Leggatt (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 4th January 2013
ISBN: 9780521770446
Number Of Pages: 256

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This is an accessible, wide-ranging and informed introduction to Shakespeare's comedies and romances. Rather than taking each play in isolation, the chapters trace recurring issues, suggesting both the continuity and the variety of Shakespeare's practice and the creative use he made of the conventions he inherited. The first section puts Shakespeare in the context of classical and Renaissance comedy and comic theory, the work of his Elizabethan predecessors and the traditions of popular festivity. The second section traces a number of themes through Shakespeare's early and middle comedies, dark comedies and late romances, establishing the key features of his comedy as a whole and illuminating particular plays by close analysis. Individual chapters draw on contemporary politics, rhetoric, and the history of Shakespeare production. Written by experts in the relevant fields, the chapters bring the reader up to date on current thinking and frequently challenge long-standing critical assumptions.

'This companion is invaluable to scholars of Shakespeare, early modern drama and theories of comedy. Wide ranging and eclectic in style and its appeal is far-reaching.' Renaissance Journal

Preface
Chronology
Shakespeare and Comic Tradition
Theories of comedy David Galbraith
Roman comedy Robert S. Miola
Italian stories on the stage Louis George Clubb
Elizabethan comedy Janette Dillon
Popular festivity Fran ois Laroque
Shakespearean Comedy
Forms of confusion John Creaser
Love and courtship Catherine Bates
Laughing at 'others' Edward Berry
Comedy and sex Alexander Leggatt
Language and comedy Lynne Magnusson
Sexual disguise and the theatre of gender Barbara Hodgdon
Matters of state Anthony Miller
The experiment of romance Michael O'Connell
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ISBN: 9780521770446
ISBN-10: 0521770440
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 4th January 2013
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.48