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Shakespeare's Festive Comedy : a Study of Dramatic Form and Its Relation to Social Custom

Author: C L Barber
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : New ed.View all editions and formats
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In this classic work, acclaimed Shakespeare critic C.L. Barber argues that Elizabethan seasonal festivals such as May Day and Twelfth Night are the key to understanding Shakespeare's comedies. Brilliantly interweaving anthropology, social history, and literary criticism, Barber traces the inward journey--psychological, bodily, spiritual--of the comedies: from confusion, raucous laughter, aching desire, and  Read more...
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Barber, C.L. (Cesar Lombardi).
Shakespeare's festive comedy.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2012
(OCoLC)752822903
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: C L Barber
ISBN: 9781400839858 1400839858
OCLC Number: 753678591
Notes: First printing 1959.
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 301 pages)
Contents: One. Introduction: The Saturnalian Pattern --
Through Release to Clarification --
Shakespeare's Route to Festive Comedy --
Two. Holiday Custom And Entertainment --
The May Game --
The Lord of Misrule --
Aristocratic Entertainments --
Three. Misrule as Comedy; Comedy as Misrule --
License and Lese Majesty in Lincolnshire --
The May Game of Martin Marprelate --
Four. Prototypes of Festive Comedy in a Pageant Entertainment: Summer's Last Will and Testament --
"What can be made of Summer's last will and testament?" --
Presenting the Mirth of the Occasion --
Praise of Folly: Bacchus and Falstaff --
Festive Abuse --
"Go not yet away, bright soul of the sad year" --
Five. The Folly of Wit and Masquerade in Love's Labour's Lost --
"lose our oaths to find ourselves" --
"sport by sport o'erthrown" --
"a great feast of languages" --
Wit --
Putting Witty Folly in Its Place --
"When ... Then ..." --
The Seasonal Songs. Six. May Games and Metamorphoses on a Midsummer Night --
The Fond Pageant --
Bringing in Summer to the Bridal --
Magic as Imagination: The Ironic Wit --
Moonlight and Moonshine: The Ironic Burlesque --
The Sense of Reality --
Seven. The Merchants and the Jew of Venice: Wealth's Communion and an Intruder --
Making Distinctions about the Use of Riches --
Transcending Reckoning at Belmont --
Comical/Menacing Mechanism in Shylock --
The Community Setting Aside Its Machinery --
Sharing in the Grace of Life --
Eight. Rule and Misrule in Henry IV --
Mingling Kings and Clowns --
Getting Rid of Bad Luck by Comedy --
The Trial of Carnival in Part Two --
Nine. The Alliance of Seriousness and Levity in as You Like It --
The Liberty of Arden --
Counterstatements --
"all nature in love mortal in folly" --
Ten. Testing Courtesy and Humanity in Twelfth Night --
"A most extracting frenzy" --
"You are betroth'd both to a maid and man" --
Liberty Testing Courtesy.
Responsibility: C.L. Barber.

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