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Radical comedy in early modern England : contexts, cultures, performances, Rick Bowers

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Radical comedy in early modern England : contexts, cultures, performances
Title
Radical comedy in early modern England
Title remainder
contexts, cultures, performances
Statement of responsibility
Rick Bowers
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Drawing on the generic and mythic strength of comedy and the theories of Bakhtin, Bergson, and Hobbes, this book identifies the radical nature of early modern English comedy. The texts examined simultaneously create and employ standard comedic elements. Farce, absurdity, excess, over-the-top characters, unremitting irony, black humor, toilet humor, and tricksters of all types - such features and more combine to satirize medical, religious, and political authority and to implement necessary social change. Written with a narrative ease, Radical Comedy in Early Modern England shows how comic interventions both describe and reconfigure prevalent authority in its own time while arguing that, through early modern comedy, one can observe the changes in social behavior and understandings characteristic of the Renaissance."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
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Bowers, Rick
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in performance and early modern drama
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  • English drama
  • English drama (Comedy)
  • Satire, English
  • Theater
  • Theater
  • Comic, The, in literature
  • Radicalism in literature
Label
Radical comedy in early modern England : contexts, cultures, performances, Rick Bowers
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [111]-118) and index
Contents
  • Figures
  • 1.
  • Introduction: Comic Performance.
  • p. 1
  • 2.
  • Enter the Comic Hero: The Performance of Mak in the Second Shepherd's Play.
  • p. 11
  • 3.
  • Wrestling with Comic Villainy: Barabas and other "Heels" in The Jew of Malta.
  • p. 23
  • 4.
  • Grinning and Bearing it: A Plague of Storytelling in The Wonderfull Yeare (1603).
  • p. 37
  • 5.
  • Humor in High (and low) Places: Toilet Tales and The Metamorphosis of Ajax.
  • p. 51
  • 6.
  • Marston's Absurd Theater: The Antonio Plays.
  • p. 71
  • 7.
  • Sex, Lies, Carnival, and Class: A Chaste Maid in Cheapside.
  • p. 83
  • 8.
  • "Of What Bigness? / Huge": Ben Jonson's Supersized Comedy.
  • p. 95
  • Works Cited.
  • p. 111
  • Index.
  • p. 119
Control code
99014621254
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
122 p.
Isbn
9780754663805
Lccn
2007031362
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Radical comedy in early modern England : contexts, cultures, performances, Rick Bowers
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [111]-118) and index
Contents
  • Figures
  • 1.
  • Introduction: Comic Performance.
  • p. 1
  • 2.
  • Enter the Comic Hero: The Performance of Mak in the Second Shepherd's Play.
  • p. 11
  • 3.
  • Wrestling with Comic Villainy: Barabas and other "Heels" in The Jew of Malta.
  • p. 23
  • 4.
  • Grinning and Bearing it: A Plague of Storytelling in The Wonderfull Yeare (1603).
  • p. 37
  • 5.
  • Humor in High (and low) Places: Toilet Tales and The Metamorphosis of Ajax.
  • p. 51
  • 6.
  • Marston's Absurd Theater: The Antonio Plays.
  • p. 71
  • 7.
  • Sex, Lies, Carnival, and Class: A Chaste Maid in Cheapside.
  • p. 83
  • 8.
  • "Of What Bigness? / Huge": Ben Jonson's Supersized Comedy.
  • p. 95
  • Works Cited.
  • p. 111
  • Index.
  • p. 119
Control code
99014621254
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
122 p.
Isbn
9780754663805
Lccn
2007031362
Other physical details
ill.

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