Comic Transformations in Shakespeare
First published in 1980.
In this study of Shakespeare's ten early comedies, from The Comedy of Errors to Twelfth Night, the concept of a dynamic of comic form is developed; the Falstaff plays are seen as a watershed, and the emergence of new comic protagonists - the resourceful, anti-romantic romantic heroine and the Fool - as the summit of the achievement.
The plays are explored from three complementary perspectives - theoretical, developmental and interpretative which lead to a further understanding of the powerful relation between the plays' formal complexity and their naturalistic verisimilitude.
Shakespeares New Comedy
My glass and not my brother
Kate of Kate Hall
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Navarres world of words
Jessicas monkey or The Goodwins
The case of Falstaff and the Merry Wives
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