Shakespeare's Comedies

Hardcover | May 15, 2009

byKiernan Ryan

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In this groundbreaking book one of the most original and compelling voices in contemporary Shakespeare criticism undertakes a detailed study of the ten extraordinary comedies Shakespeare wrote during his first decade as a dramatist: The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and Twelfth Night.

Through close readings of these plays Kiernan Ryan reveals Shakespeare’s deepening disenchantment with his world and his dream of that world transfigured. Ryan engages with each comedy as a unique work of dramatic and poetic art, with its own distinctive concerns and critical challenges, paying special attention to its language and form. As the haunting vision shared by the plays emerges from Ryan’s acute analysis of each of them, the book transforms our understanding and appreciation of Shakespearean comedy.

Written in a lively, accessible style, Shakespeare’s Comedies is essential reading not only for students and teachers, but also for anyone keen to consider these plays from a fresh perspective.

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In this groundbreaking book one of the most original and compelling voices in contemporary Shakespeare criticism undertakes a detailed study of the ten extraordinary comedies Shakespeare wrote during his first decade as a dramatist: The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Mids...

KIERNAN RYAN is Professor of English Language and Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a Fellow of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author of Shakespeare (3rd Edition) and the editor of Shakespeare: Texts and Contexts. He is an established reviewer for The Guardian, The Independent and ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.79 × 5.61 × 0.85 inPublished:May 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0333599314

ISBN - 13:9780333599310

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Table of Contents

Preface
Killing Time: The Comedy of Errors
‘A Kind of History’: The Taming of the Shrew
Dancing Leviathans: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
‘Merry Days of Desolation’: Love’s Labours Lost’
The Seventh Man: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
‘The Deed of Kind’: The Merchant of Venice
‘Pribbles and Prabbles’: The Merry Wives of Windsor
‘Strange Misprison’: Much Ado About Nothing
‘Ducdame’: As You Like It
‘Nothing that is so, is so’: Twelfth Night
Works Cited
Index

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Praise for Shakespeare by Kiernan Ryan:

"It is impossible to do justice to the compacted richness of Ryans studyThe book is certainly a major contribution to Shakespeare studies." --The Times
 
"A thrilling polemic" --The Guardian