Middleton, Plautus, And The Ethics Of Comedy

Richard F. Hardin

in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199559886
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Middleton, Plautus, And The Ethics Of Comedy

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This article introduces some related ideas on Middleton's appropriation of his ancestors, ideas that at least muddle the neat dichotomy of moral versus immoral comedy. It calls attention specifically to a spirit of alienation, of impartiality to moral good, that characterizes Middleton's comedies, a spirit to which Plautus and his English and Italian imitators were no strangers.

Keywords: Thomas Middleton; comedies; plays; Plautus

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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