Shakespeare and comedy

Maslen, R.W. (2005) Shakespeare and comedy. Series: The Arden critical companions. Arden Shakespeare. ISBN 9781904271444

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Comedy was at the centre of a critical storm that raged throughout the early modern period. Shakespeareas plays made capital of this controversy. In them he deliberately invokes the case against comedy made by the Elizabethan theatre haters. They are filled with jokes that go too far, laughter that hurts its victims, wordplay that turns to swordplay and aggressive acts of comic revenge. In a detailed study of seventeen plays, A? tragedies and histories as well as comedies, A? Maslen contends that Shakespeareas use of the comic mode is always calculatedly unsettling, and that this is part of what makes it pleasurable.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Maslen, Professor Robert
Authors: Maslen, R.W.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Publisher:Arden Shakespeare
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