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The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)
by Penny Gay
Why did theatre audiences laugh in Shakespeare's day? Why do they still laugh now? What did Shakespeare do with the conventions of comedy that he inherited, so that his plays continue to amuse and move audiences? What do his comedies have to say about love, sex, gender, power, family, community, and class? What place have pain, cruelty, and even death in a comedy? Why all ...more
Paperback, 153 pages
Published April 7th 2008 by Cambridge University Press
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Like its companion volume (The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Tragedies), this concise introduction devotes roughly equal space to each of Shakespeare's ten major comedies, giving a pretty decent amount of information (considering its length: a mere 140 pages), in a clear and accessible style. Unlike Dillon, though, Gay tries to sort the plays into thematic groups - farce, "courtly lovers and the real world", "comedy and language", and romantic comedy - as well as arranging them in roug ...more