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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy

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David Galbraith, Robert S. Miola, Louise George Clubb, Janette Dillon, François Laroque, John Creaser, Catherine Bates, Edward Berry, Alexander Leggatt, Lynne Magnusson, Barbara Hodgdon, Anthony Miller, Michael O'Connell
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  • Date Published: February 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521770446

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About the Authors
  • This introduction examines the continuity and variety of Shakepeare's work and the creative use he made of his inherited conventions. The first section places Shakespeare in the context of classical and Renaissance comedy, his Elizabethan predecessors and the traditions of popular festivity. The second section traces themes through Shakespeare's early and middle comedies, dark comedies and late romances, illuminating particular plays by close analysis,

    • Chapters devoted to themes across several plays rather than one chapter per play
    • Broad interpretation of comedy, to include late romances like The Tempest and 'problem' plays like Measure for Measure
    • Pays full attention to literary and cultural contexts
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    • Date Published: February 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521770446
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Shakespeare and Comic Tradition:
    1. Theories of comedy David Galbraith
    2. Roman comedy Robert S. Miola
    3. Italian stories on the stage Louis George Clubb
    4. Elizabethan comedy Janette Dillon
    5. Popular festivity François Laroque
    Part II. Shakespearean Comedy:
    6. Forms of confusion John Creaser
    7. Love and courtship Catherine Bates
    8. Laughing at 'others' Edward Berry
    9. Comedy and sex Alexander Leggatt
    10. Language and comedy Lynne Magnusson
    11. Sexual disguise and the theatre of gender Barbara Hodgdon
    12. Matters of state Anthony Miller
    13. The experiment of romance Michael O'Connell
    Select bibliography.

  • Editor

    Alexander Leggatt, University of Toronto
    Alexander Leggatt is Professor of English at University College, University of Toronto. Among his books are: Citizen Comedy in the Age of Shakespeare (1973), Shakespeare's Comedy of Love (1974), Ben Jonson: his Vision and his Art (1981), English Drama: Shakespeare to the Restoration, 1590–1660 (1988), Shakespeare's Political Drama (1988), Jacobean Public Theatre (1992), English Stage Comedy 1490–1990: Five Centuries of a Genre (1998) and Introduction to English Renaissance Comedy (1999).


    David Galbraith, Robert S. Miola, Louise George Clubb, Janette Dillon, François Laroque, John Creaser, Catherine Bates, Edward Berry, Alexander Leggatt, Lynne Magnusson, Barbara Hodgdon, Anthony Miller, Michael O'Connell

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