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Shakespeare and the Traditions of Comedy by Leo Salingar download in ePub, pdf, iPad

This is an accessible, wide-ranging and informed introduction to Shakespeare's comedies and romances. The underlying assumption is that the task of poetics is instrumental, and that its usefulness has to be demonstrated and verified in practice.

In Shakespeare's hand the comic mode became an instrument for exploring the broad territory of the human situation, including much that had normally been reserved for tragedy. The first section places Shakespeare in the context of classical and Renaissance comedy, his Elizabethan predecessors and the traditions of popular festivity. The second section traces themes through Shakespeare's early and middle comedies, tragicomedies and late romances, illuminating particular plays by close analysis. Hence, the division of the book into two parts.

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