Comic Transformations in Shakespeare

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Psychology Press, Dec 23, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 242 pages
First published in 1980.

In this study of Shakespeare's ten early comedies, from The Comedy of Errors to Twelfth Night, the concept of a dynamic of comic form is developed; the Falstaff plays are seen as a watershed, and the emergence of new comic protagonists - the resourceful, anti-romantic romantic heroine and the Fool - as the summit of the achievement.

The plays are explored from three complementary perspectives - theoretical, developmental and interpretative which lead to a further understanding of the powerful relation between the plays' formal complexity and their naturalistic verisimilitude.
 

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Contents

Shakespeares New Comedy I
9
My glass and not my brother
22
Kate of Kate Hall
37
The Tuvo Gentlemen of Verona
53
Navarres world of words
69
Fancys images
96
Jessicas monkey or The Goodwins
115
The case of Falstaff and the Merry Wives
142
Better than reportingly
174
Existence in Arden
191
Natures bias
200
Comic remedies
216
Scanning a Shakespeare play
228
Selective bibliographical note
233
Index
237
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