Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A Contextual Biography of an Obscure Victorian Comedian

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A Contextual Biography of an Obscure Victorian Comedian

Article excerpt

A Contextual Biography of an Obscure Victorian Comedian Richard Moore. W S. Gilbert and the Context of Comedy. ISBN: 9781-138-31108-4. London: VitaSource Bookshelf: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, June 3, 2019.

"To what extent is a great comic writer the product of his time? How far is he (or she) influenced by factors of personal psychology upbringing and environment?" This book describes "the case of W.S. Gilbert", "challenging the frequently held view that he is pre-eminently a typical Victorian. This it does by tracing his roots back to Ancient Greek comedy and to the various comedic developments that have dominated Western Europe thereafter." This points to a problem: why would roots in Greek comedy indicate that a comedian was not a "typical Victorian"? Schools taught Greek comedy and tragedy as part of the standard curriculum across the Victorian age, so being influenced by it definitely made any writer "typical" rather than atypical. "Also included is a careful examination of the constraints and limitations that in various forms have long affected comedy-writing, and an evaluation of Gilbert's particular skills and legacy. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.