Shakespeare's Agonistic Comedy: Poetics, Analysis, Criticism

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1993 - 302 էջ
In one respect, the purpose of this book is to define the characteristics and to map the canon of Shakespeare's agonistic comedy; in other words, to provide a poetics. Such a task has its own importance and preliminary value if fundamental patterns and functions have not been recognized as such in the critical analysis of a body of texts. Part I of Shakespeare's Agonistic Comedy identifies the structural characteristics of the provisionally outlined canon, focuses on apparently borderline cases (Petruchio and Katherina, Benedick and Beatrice, Jaques and Don John, as well as that of Love's Labour's Lost) in order to define the canon more precisely, defines the distinctive perspective generated by agonistic comedy, and examines the thematic and referential patterns that may appear prima facie to be characteristic of this comedy: violence and revenge. Throughout this section dealing with poetics, Beiner emphasizes that agonistic comedy is capable of being self-complete and independent and yet in Shakespearean comedy it never generates an entire play; nor does it appear in every play from Errors to Twelfth Night. A poetics of Shakespeare's agonistic comedy is necessarily related to the wider field of a poetics of Shakespearean comedy, which in turn is related to the even wider area of comic traditions.

From inside the book


Agon versus Comedy of Love Structural Difference and Complementarity
Semiagon and the Comedy of Love Clarifying the Boundary
The Agonistic Perspective ReaderSpectator Response
Violence in the Comedy of Love Errors to Twelfth Night Referential and Thematic Patterns
Comic Revenge and Agons Referential and Thematic Patterns Continued
The Major Texts
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merchant of Venice
Twelfth Night
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