The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy
Edited by Alexander Leggatt
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Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy by Alexander Leggatt
Book DescriptionFirst published in 2001, this is an accessible, wide-ranging and informed introduction to Shakespeare's comedies and romances. Rather than taking each play in isolation, the chapters trace recurring issues, suggesting both the continuity and the variety of Shakespeare's practice and the creative use he made of the conventions he inherited. The first section puts Shakespeare in the context of classical and Renaissance comedy and comic theory, the work of his Elizabethan predecessors and the traditions of popular festivity. The second section traces a number of themes through Shakespeare's early and middle comedies, dark comedies and late romances, establishing the key features of his comedy as a whole and illuminating particular plays by close analysis. Individual chapters draw on contemporary politics, rhetoric, and the history of Shakespeare production. Written by experts in the relevant fields, the chapters frequently challenge long-standing critical assumptions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521770446
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A study that removes some of the critical puzzles that Shakespeare's comedies of love have posed in the past. It shows that what distinguishes the comedies is not their similarity but their variety - the way in which each play is a new combination of essentially similar ingredients.
Bartholomew Fair, Paperback (April 2007)
This edition has been updated with a new Introduction which examines Bartholmew Fair as a reading text, as a text for performance and as a play that questions theatre itself.
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Author Biography - Alexander Leggatt
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).
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