Comic Transformations in Shakespeare

Voorkant
Routledge, 11 okt. 2013 - 256 pagina's
First published in 1980.

In this study of Shakespeare's ten early comedies, from The Comedy of Errors to Twelfth Night, the concept of a dynamic of comic form is developed; the Falstaff plays are seen as a watershed, and the emergence of new comic protagonists - the resourceful, anti-romantic romantic heroine and the Fool - as the summit of the achievement.

The plays are explored from three complementary perspectives - theoretical, developmental and interpretative which lead to a further understanding of the powerful relation between the plays' formal complexity and their naturalistic verisimilitude.

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Inhoudsopgave

I Shakespeares New Comedy
1
II My glass and not my brother
22
III Kate of Kate Hall
37
IV The Two Gentlemen of Verona
53
V Navarres world of words
69
VI Fancys images
96
VII Jessicas monkey or The Goodwins
115
VIII The case of Falstaff and the Merry Wives
142
IX Better than reportingly
162
X Existence in Arden
180
XI Natures bias
200
XII Comic remedies
216
Scanning a Shakespeare play
228
Selective bibliographical note
233
Index
237
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