Item description for Shakespeare and Comedy (Arden Shakespeare: Arden Critical Companions) by Robert Maslen...
Comedy was at the centre of a critical storm that raged throughout the early modern period. Shakespeare's plays made capital of this controversy. In them he deliberately invokes the case against comedy made by the Elizabethan theatre haters. They are filled with jokes that go too far, laughter that hurts its victims, wordplay that turns to swordplay and aggressive acts of comic revenge. In a detailed study of seventeen plays, tragedies and histories as well as comedies, Maslen contends that Shakespeare's use of the comic mode is always calculatedly unsettling, and that this is part of what makes it pleasurable.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.64" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Release Date Sep 26, 2005
ISBN 1904271448 ISBN13 9781904271444
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More About Robert Maslen
Dr. Robert Maslen is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow where he specialises in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, especially prose, and twentieth-century fantastic fiction. He has published two monographs, "Elizabethan Fictions" (1997) and "Shakespeare and Comedy" (Arden, 2005).