The Folio distinguishes fourteen of Shakespeare's plays as comedies. To these may be added Cymbeline, called a tragedy in the Folio, and Pericles, not included in the Folio. The plays are sometimes grouped as Early Comedies; Romantic Comedies; Problem Comedies (or Problem Plays), or Dark Comedies; and Late Plays, or Romances. Though Shakespeare was unquestionably aware of the traditional genres he refused to be bound by them, and the First Folio's rigid demarcation may be more misleading than helpful.
Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.