Comparative Drama

Journal for comparative and interdisciplinary study of drama.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 4, Winter

A Speculative Political Allegory in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Every so often commentators on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's ream quote Bottom's judgment on his own "most rare vision" of the Fairy Queen--"Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream" (4.1.203-4)--with tongue-in-cheek reference to...
"I Would Faine Serve": John Lyly's Career at Court
The most common assumption about John Lyly's court comedies has been that they embody an unproblematic celebration of Queen Elizabeth and her rule. (1) Recent critics, however, have problematized such a reading by arguing that the apparent allusions...
"Look Not Big, nor Stamp, nor Stare": Acting Up in the Taming of the Shrew and the Coventry Herod Plays
In his 1945 study of Shakespeare's use of humoral psychology, John W. Draper noted that the supposedly choleric Petruchio's strategy for subduing the equally volatile Katherine "is to out-Herod Herod." (1) Though Draper doubtless intended his remark...