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The Cambridge introduction to Shakespeare's comedies

Author: Penny Gay
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Series: Cambridge introductions to literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why did theatre audiences laugh in Shakespeare's day? Why do they still laugh now? What did Shakespeare do with the conventions of comedy that he inherited, so that his plays continue to amuse and move audiences? What do his comedies have to say about love, sex, gender, power, family, community, and class? What place have pain, cruelty, and even death in a comedy? Why all those puns? In a survey that travels from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Shakespeare; Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Penny Gay
ISBN: 9780521856683 052185668X 9780521672696 0521672694
OCLC Number: 174449753
Description: ix, 153 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : comedy as idea and practice --
Farce : The comedy of errors, The taming of the shrew, The merry wives of Windsor --
Courtly lovers and the real world : Two gentlemen of Verona, A midsummer night's dream, The merchant of Venice --
Comedy and language : Love's labour's lost --
Romantic comedy : Much ado about nothing, As you like it, Twelfth night --
Problematic plots and endings : clowning and comedy post-Hamlet : Measure for measure, All's well that ends well, The winter's tale, Cymbeline, The tempest --
The afterlives of Shakespeare's comedies.
Series Title: Cambridge introductions to literature.
Responsibility: Penny Gay.
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Where did Shakespearean comedy come from? Where did it arrive? What makes it still relevant today? This comprehensive survey addresses these and many other questions, providing readers with a map of  Read more...

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