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Author Miola, Robert S.

Title Shakespeare and classical comedy : the influence of Plautus and Terence / Robert S. Miola
Published Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994


Description 1 online resource (xi, 234 pages)
Contents 1. Light Plautus -- 2. New Comedic Errors. The Comedy of Errors. Twelfth Night -- 3. New Comedic Intrigue. The Taming of the Shrew. Much Ado About Nothing -- 4. New Comedic Alazoneia. The Merry Wives of Windsor. All's Well That Ends Well -- 5. New Comedic Romance. Pericles. The Tempest -- 6. Heavy Plautus. Hamlet. King Lear
Summary This book surveys Shakespeare's comedies, charting the influence upon them of the ancient playwrights, Plautus and Terence. Robert S. Miola analyses these sources, and places the comedies in their Renaissance context, as well as in the larger context of European theatre
Discovering new indebtedness, and discerning new patterns in previously attested borrowings, Shakespeare and Classical Comedy presents an integrated and comprehensive assessment of the complex interactions of the Classical, Shakespearean, and other Renaissance theatres. Robert S. Miola re-evaluates Plautus and Terence in the light of their Greek antecedents, and gives special attention to Renaissance translations and commentaries, Italian theorists, and playwrights, as well as contemporary dramatists such as Middleton, Jonson, Heywood, and Chapman. Four broad categories organize the discussion - New Comedic errors, intrigue, alazoneia (pretension), and romance - and each is illustrated by illuminating readings of individual Shakespearean plays. The author keeps in view Shakespeare's eclecticism, his habit of combining disparate sources and traditions, as well as the rich history of literary criticism and theatrical interpretation
The book concludes by discussing the presence of New Comedy in tragedy, in Hamlet and King Lear. Robert S. Miola's thoroughly researched book ranges over a vast amount of European drama, from Aristophanes to Beckett and Ionesco. It makes an important contribution to our understanding not only of Shakespeare and his foremost antecedents, but also of Renaissance theatre, and its complex adaptations of ancient texts and traditions
Analysis English drama
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 202-228) and index
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Comedies.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Knowledge -- Literature
Plautus, Titus Maccius -- Influence
Terence -- Influence
Plautus, Titus Maccius
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Shakespeare, William, (1564-1616) -- Contribution à la comédie.
Shakespeare, William, (1564-1616) -- Et la littérature antique.
Plaute, (0254-0184 av. J.-C.) -- Influence.
Térence, (0190?-0159 av. J.-C.) -- Influence.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Comedies.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Knowledge -- Literature.
Plautus, Titus Maccius -- Influence.
Terence -- Influence.
Latin drama (Comedy) -- Appreciation -- England
Classicism -- England -- History -- 16th century
English drama (Comedy) -- Roman influences
Classicism -- England -- History -- 16th century
English drama (Comedy) -- roman influences
Terence -- Influence
English drama (Comedy) -- Roman influences
Humorous plays
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Latin drama (Comedy) -- Appreciation
Comédie latine -- Appréciation -- Grande-Bretagne.
Classicisme -- Angleterre (GB)
Théâtre anglais -- Influence classique.
Latin drama (Comedy) -- Appreciation -- Great Britain.
Classicism -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
English drama (Comedy) -- Roman influences.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 94022020
ISBN 9780191673863