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Shakespeare's Comedies

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In this groundbreaking book one of the most original and compelling voices in contemporary Shakespeare criticism undertakes a detailed study of the ten extraordinary comedies Shakespeare wrote during his first decade as a dramatist: The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 15th 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 2009)
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Jun 26, 2016 Roman Clodia rated it liked it
This is an excellent re-assessment of Shakespeare's comedies which are frequently treated as merely charming but frothy, if well-beloved, pieces of theatrical entertainment. Ryan challenges that view and gives a coherent narrative to the first ten comedies from The Comedy of Errors to Twelfth Night.

Ryan is an acute critic and eschews a more self-conscious engagement with theory for a return to dense and detailed close readings of the texts themselves. Despite this, he's not, of course, untheoret
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