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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:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Revealing the interplay between social custom and dramatic form, this book shows how the Elizabethan antithesis between everyday and holiday comes to life in the comedies' combination of seriousness  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: C L Barber
ISBN: 9780691149523 0691149526
OCLC Number: 758391874
Notes: Paperback reissue, with a new foreword by Stephen Greenblatt.
Awards: Winner of George Jean Nathan Award for Drama Criticism 1961
Description: xviii, 301 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: The Saturnalian pattern --
Through release to clarification --
Shakespeare's route to festive comedy --
2. Holiday custom and entertainment --
The May Game --
The lord of misrule --
Aristocratic entertainments --
3. Misrule as comedy: Comedy as misrule --
License and lese majesty in Lincolnshire --
The May Game of Martin Marprelate --
4. Prototypes of festive comedy in a pageant entertainment: Summer's last will and testament --
"What can be made of summer's las 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" --
5. 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 --
6. 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 --
7. 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 --
8. Rule and misrule in Henvy IV --
Mingling kings and clowns --
Getting rid of bad luck by comedy --
The trial of carnival in Part Two --
9. The alliance of seriousness and levity in As you like it --
The liberty of Arden --
Counterstatements --
"all nature in love mortal in folly" --
10. Testing courtesy and humanity in Twelfth Night --
"A most extracting frenzy" --
"You are betroth'd to a maid and man" --
Liberty testing courtesy --
Outside the garden gate.
Responsibility: C.L. Barber ; with a new foreword by Stephen Greenblatt.
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