William Shakespeare: Comedies

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Harold Bloom
Infobase Publishing, 2009 - 306 pages
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William Shakespeare's comedies--including A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, and more--are funny, allusive, difficult, profound, and unforgettable, and have served as templates for other comedic works throughout the centuries. This invaluable new study guide contains a selection of the finest contemporary criticism of these classic plays.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Serious Comedy of Twelfth Night
5
Country Matters
23
Agency and the Threat of Cuckoldry
47
Mimetic Service in The Two Gentlemen of Verona
55
The Taming of a Shrew
77
Stuffed with all honourable virtues
97
Language Magic the Dromios and The Comedy of Errors
127
We know what we know
171
Shylocks Sacred Nation
191
Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics
217
Chronology
247
Contributors
249
Bibliography
253
Acknowledgments
261
Index
263

In Mercurys Household
149

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About the author (2009)

Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

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