Shakespeare's Rhetoric of Comic Character: Dramatic Convention in Classical and Renaissance Comedy

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Comedy - 166 pages

First published in 1985.

In this revisionist history of comic characterization, Karen Newman argues that, contrary to received opinion, Shakespeare was not the first comic dramatist to create self-conscious characters who seem 'lifelike' or 'realistic'. His comic practice is firmly set within a comic tradition which stretches from Plautus and Menander to playwrights of the Italian Renaissance.

 

Contents

Introduction
1
Measure for Measure II ii 16287
11
Comic plot conventions in Measure for Measure
20
Menander and New Comedy
30
Plautus and Terence
40
The enchantments of Circe
57
As You Like It and Twelfth Night
94
Mistaking in Much
109
Shakespeares rhetoric of consciousness
121
Notes
129
Index of plays discussed
149
General index viii X XI 1 ឆ៩៩ 20 30 42 57
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