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Dreams in the forest: romantic comedy

R. S. White.

in Shakespeare's Cinema of Love

October 2016; p ublished online May 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Film. 16969 words.

This chapter shows how Shakespeare innovated his unique brand of romantic comedy under the influence of prose romance and Lyly’s dramatized romance. The resulting hybrid form was so...

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Early Comedies

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

Shakespeare's earliest comedies are The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, and Love's Labour's Lost. A Midsummer Night's Dream is also sometimes classed...

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Voyevoda

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

Opera in three acts by Tchaikovsky to a libretto by Aleksandr Ostrovsky and the composer after Ostrovsky's comedy (subtitled Son na Volge, ‘A Volga Dream’) (Moscow, 1869).

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Midsummer Night's Dream, A

in The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

January 2001; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 3165 words.

One of Shakespeare's most perfect achievements in comedy, or perhaps in any other genre, A Midsummer Night's Dream—with its

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

in The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

January 2015; p ublished online October 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 3220 words.

One of Shakespeare’s most perfect achievements in comedy, or perhaps in any other genre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream—with its

L' Amorosa visione

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1342, revised c.1365). Narrative poem by Boccaccio, full of echoes of the Divine Comedy and consisting of 50 canti in Terza rima. It tells of a dream in which the ...

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Absurda Comica oder Herr Peter Squentz

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A comedy (Schimpff-Spiel) by A. Gryphius, published in 1658. Its plot is an adaptation of the Bottom–Peter Quince (Squentz) scenes in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream; it is likely...

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A Tailor Made Man

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(1917),

a comedy by Harry James Smith. [Cohan and Harris Theatre, 398 perf.] John Paul Bart (Grant Mitchell), a drudge in a tailor's shop, dreams of marrying Tanya Huber (Helen ...

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romantic comedy

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A general term for comedies that deal mainly with the follies and misunderstandings of young lovers, in a light‐hearted and happily concluded manner which usually avoids serious satire. The...

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The Humours in Humour

Matthew Steggle.

in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy

September 2018; p ublished online October 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 6888 words.

Did Shakespeare believe in the four humours? And did he write ‘humours comedy’? To address these questions, this chapter suggests that humoral theory is intimately bound up with early...

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Comedy and Metamorphosis

Jonathan Bate.

in Shakespeare and Ovid

October 1994; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 22941 words.

This chapter argues that The Taming of the Shrew, one of William Shakespeare's earliest comedies, laid out a programme for his subsequent Ovidianism. It explains that this programme, based...

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—Shakespeare (III): Comedies And Romances

in Sea-Mark

September 1997; p ublished online June 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 6448 words.

The shipwreck is extensively used as a major structural device in William Shakespeare's comedies and romances, including The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth...

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Comedy on the Boards

Erika T. Lin.

in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy

September 2018; p ublished online October 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 6327 words.

This chapter examines some of the techniques by which the early modern theatre invited its audiences into the shared production of stage space. It focuses in particular on the ways in which...

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Comedies of the Green World

Lisa Hopkins.

in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy

September 2018; p ublished online October 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 8296 words.

The green world is the space where different peoples meet each other: Illyrians and Messenians in Twelfth Night, humans and fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, courtiers and...

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Two Noble Kinsmen

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

A tragi‐comedy attributed to J. Fletcher and Shakespeare, published 1634. Recent studies of the play suggest that it is probably a genuine work of collaboration between Fletcher and...

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Night and Day: The Marriage of Dreams and Realities

Julia Briggs.

in Reading Virginia Woolf

June 2006; p ublished online March 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards). 9954 words.

This chapter discusses Night and Day, which is Woolf’s second and most neglected novel. It is characterised by significant absences, such as any reference to the Great War and the long...

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Green Comedy

Steve Mentz.

in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy

September 2018; p ublished online October 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 5586 words.

The marriage-driven and reconciliatory structures of Shakespeare’s comic form resemble traditional ecological understandings of the interconnections in nature. Over the past forty years,...

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Poor Things, Vile Things

Laurie Shannon.

in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy

September 2018; p ublished online October 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 8458 words.

This chapter considers Shakespeare’s comedies as they approach human being comparatively, as a species or ‘kind’. While evidence can readily be found supporting a sense of human privilege,...

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Brexit Dreams

Bridget Escolme.

in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy

September 2018; p ublished online October 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 6830 words.

This essay considers some of the cultural and political drives underpinning the production of Shakespeare’s comedies, particularly Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in...

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dream vision

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).

A kind of narrative (usually but not always in verse) in which the narrator falls asleep and dreams the events of the tale. The story is often a kind of allegory, and commonly consists of a...

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