The Comedy of Errors

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486112233

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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Two sets of identical twins provide the basis for ongoing incidents of mistaken identity, within a lively plot of quarrels, arrests, and a grand courtroom denouement. One of Shakespeare's earliest comedic efforts.
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The Pot of Gold and Other Plays

Author: Plautus

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141911220

Category: Drama

Page: 272

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One of the supreme comic writers of the Roman world, Plautus (c.254-184 BC), skilfully adapted classic Greek comic models to the manners and customs of his day. This collection features a varied selection of his finest plays, from the light-hearted comedy Pseudolus, in which the lovesick Calidorus and his slave try to liberate his lover from her pimp, to the more subversive The Prisoners, which raises serious questions about the role of slavery. Also included are The Brothers Menaechmus, which formed the prototype for Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, and The Pot of Gold, whose old miser Euclio is a glorious study in avarice. Throughout, Plautus breathes new, brilliant life into classic comic types - including deceitful twins, scheming slaves, bitter old men and swaggering soldiers - creating an entertaining critique of Roman life and values.
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Shakespeare's Imaginary Constitution

Late Elizabethan Politics and the Theatre of Law

Author: Paul Raffield

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1847316069

Category: Law

Page: 256

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Through an examination of six plays by Shakespeare, the author presents an innovative analysis of political developments in the last decade of Elizabethan rule and their representation in poetic drama of the period. The playhouses of London in the 1590s provided a distinctive forum for discourse and dissemination of nascent political ideas. Shakespeare exploited the unique capacity of theatre to humanise contemporary debate concerning the powers of the crown and the extent to which these were limited by law. The autonomous subject of law is represented in the plays considered here as a sentient political being whose natural rights and liberties found an analogue in the narratives of common law, as recorded in juristic texts and law reports of the early modern era. Each chapter reflects a particular aspect of constitutional development in the late-Elizabethan state. These include abuse of the royal prerogative by the crown and its agents; the emergence of a politicised middle class citizenry, empowered by the ascendancy of contract law; the limitations imposed by the courts on the lawful extent of divinely ordained kingship; the natural and rational authority of unwritten lex terrae; the poetic imagination of the judiciary and its role in shaping the constitution; and the fusion of temporal and spiritual jurisdiction in the person of the monarch. The book advances original insights into the complex and agonistic relationship between theatre, politics, and law. The plays discussed offer persuasive images both of the crown's absolutist tendencies and of alternative polities predicated upon classical and humanist principles of justice, equity, and community. 'It is now canon in progressive U.S. legal scholarship that to focus solely on the text of our Constitution is myopic. We look as well for "constitutional moments", moments when the zeitgeist is so transformed that our fundamental legal charter changes with it. In this breathtakingly erudite book, Paul Raffield argues that the late-Elizabethan period was such a "constitutional moment" in England, a moment literally "played out" for the polity by the greatest dramatist of all time. A lawyer and a thespian, Raffield handles both legal and literary sources with exquisite care. As with the works of the Old Masters, one dwells pleasurably on each detail until their cumulative force presses one backward to see the canvas in its sudden, glorious entirety. A major achievement.' Kenji Yoshino Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law
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Who Was William Shakespeare?

An Introduction to the Life and Works

Author: Dympna Callaghan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118312279

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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A new study of Shakespeare’s life and times, whichilluminates our understanding and appreciation of his works. Combines an accessible fully historicised treatment of both thelife and the plays, suited to both undergraduate and popularaudiences Looks at 24 of the most significant plays and the sonnetsthrough the lens of various aspects of Shakespeare’s life andhistorical environment Addresses four of the most significant issues that shapedShakespeare’s career: education, religion, socialstatus, and theatre Examines theatre as an institution and the literary environmentof early modern London Explains and dispatches conspiracy theories aboutauthorship
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Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances

Proceedings of the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress

Author: Martin Procházka,Andreas Höfele,Hanna Scolnicov,Michael Dobson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1611494613

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 470

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Selected contributions to the most prestigious international event in Shakespeare studies, the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress (2011), represent major trends in the field in historical and present-day contexts. Special attention is given to the impact of Shakespeare on diverse cultures, from the Native Americans to China and Japan.
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Classical Comedy

Author: Erich Segal

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0140449825

Category: Drama

Page: 289

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Brings together the works of Classical comedy, with two early Greek plays: Aristophanes' Birds, and Menander's The Girl from Samos; and two Roman comic plays: Plautus' The Brothers Menaechmus and Terence's double love-plot, The Eunuch. Together, these four plays demonstrate the development of Classical comedy.
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The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama

Author: Thomas Betteridge,Greg Walker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019956647X

Category: Drama

Page: 688

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This is the first comprehensive study of Tudor drama that sees the long sixteenth century from the accession of Henry Tudor to the death of Elizabeth as a whole, taking in both the numinous drama of the religious 'Mystery Plays' and the early work of Shakespeare. Invaluable as a state-of-the-art account of current scholarship and as an introduction to the breadth and complexity of Tudor drama, the Handbook will find a place on the reading lists ofuniversity courses and the shelves of readers across the English speaking world.
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Shakespeare's Comedy of Love

Author: Alexander Leggatt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136556494

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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First published in 1987. This study removes some of the critical puzzles that Shakespeare's comedies of love have posed in the past. The author shows that what distinguishes the comedies is not their similarity but their variety - the way in which each play is a new combination of essentially similar ingredients, so that, for example, the boy/girl changes in The Merchant of Venice are seen to have a quite different significance from those in As You Like It.
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