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Shakespeare's comedies

By: Smith, Emma(Edited by)

Part of the Blackwell Guides to Criticism series
0631220127 / 9780631220121
Paperback
11/08/2003
Stock expected by 21/04/2021
United Kingdom
23 cm ix, 310 p.
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Criticism of Shakespeare's comedies has shifted from stressing their light-hearted and festive qualities to giving a stronger sense of their dark aspects and their social resonances.

This volume introduces the key critical debates under five headings: genre, history and politics, gender and sexuality, language, and performance.

The Guide serves students of Shakespeare in two ways.

Firstly, by presenting ten recent critical interventions in the field of Shakespeare studies, it provides an up-to-date compendium of current scholarship.

All the articles are contextualised with brief critical overviews and annotated suggestions for further reading.

An additional chapter on pre-twentieth-century criticism is mainly in narrative form but excerpts significant early views by Johnson, Hazlitt and Coleridge.

Thus, secondly, the volume acts as a guide to further reading to help students extend their knowledge of Shakespeare criticism.

BIC:

2AB English, DSGS Shakespeare studies & criticism

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