The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies by Penny Gay

By Penny Gay

Why did theatre audiences snicker in Shakespeare's day? Why do they nonetheless snigger now? What did Shakespeare do with the conventions of comedy that he inherited, in order that his performs proceed to amuse and movement audiences? What do his comedies need to say approximately love, intercourse, gender, strength, relatives, neighborhood, and sophistication? What position have soreness, cruelty, or even loss of life in a comedy? Why all these puns?

In a survey that travels from Shakespeare's earliest experiments in farce and courtly love-stories to the nice romantic comedies of his center years and the mould-breaking experiments of his final decade's paintings, this ebook addresses those important questions.

Organised thematically, and protecting all Shakespeare's comedies from the start to the tip of his occupation, it offers readers with a map of the playwright's comedian types, displaying how he equipped on comedic conventions as he additional enriched the probabilities of the style.

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