The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy


This introduction examines the continuity and variety of Shakepeare's work and the creative use he made of his inherited conventions. The first section places Shakespeare in the context of classical and Renaissance comedy, his Elizabethan predecessors and the traditions of popular festivity. The second section traces themes through Shakespeare's early and middle comedies, dark comedies and late romances, illuminating particular plays by close analysis,

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • David Galbraith
  • Robert S. Miola
  • Louise George Clubb
  • Janette Dillon
  • Franç Ois Laroque
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Cambridge, England
Publication year:
  • 2001


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