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Introduction to English Renaissance comedy

By: Leggatt, Alexander

0719049652 / 9780719049651
Paperback
822'.0523'09'03
13/05/1999
Stock expected by 21/12/2019
England
22 cm [vi], 186p.
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This guide provides a comprehensive introduction to Elizabethan, Jacobean and Caroline comedy, covering both public and private theatres, encompassing the eclective, experimental nature of this comedy: its departures from the mainstream New Comedy tradition and its searching, witty analysis of social and personal relations in court, city and country.

This book, an analysis of some of the richest comedies of the periods, makes sometimes inexpected connection between them: Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Tempest", Lyly's "Endymion", Greene's "Friar Bacon" and "Friar Bungay", Marston's "The Malcontent", Middleton's "Michaelmas Term", Jonson's "Bartholemew Fair", Shirley's "The Lady of Pleasure" and Brome's "A Jovial Crew".

Through these plays the reader is given a picture of English comedy in one of its most creative periods.

The book is aimed at students and teachers of English and drama, and at general readers with an interest in theatre.

BIC:

2AB English, AN Theatre studies, DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, DSG Literary studies: plays & playwrights

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