Introduction to English Renaissance Comedy

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Manchester University Press, 1999 - Drama - 186 pages
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.

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Contents

Lyly Endymion
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Greene Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay
30
Shakespeare A Midsummer Nights Dream
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Alexander Leggatt is Professor of English at University College, University of Toronto. Among his books are: Citizen Comedy in the Age of Shakespeare (1973), Shakespeare's Comedy of Love (1974), Ben Jonson: his Vision and his Art (1981), English Drama: Shakespeare to the Restoration, 1590-1660 (1988), Shakespeare's Political Drama (1988), Jacobean Public Theatre (1992), English Stage Comedy 1490-1990: Five Centuries of a Genre (1998) and Introduction to English Renaissance Comedy (1999).

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