The Resource The love story in Shakespearean comedy, Anthony J. Lewis

The love story in Shakespearean comedy, Anthony J. Lewis

Label
The love story in Shakespearean comedy
Title
The love story in Shakespearean comedy
Statement of responsibility
Anthony J. Lewis
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The relationship between the sexes was of paramount importance to Shakespeare and his audience. In this fascinating study, Anthony J. Lewis argues that it is the hero himself, rejecting a woman he apprehends as a threat, who is love's own worst enemy. Drawing upon classical and Renaissance drama, iconography, and a wide range of traditional and feminist criticism, Lewis demonstrates that in Shakespeare the actions and reactions of hero and heroine are contingent upon social setting--father-son relations, patriarchal restrictions on women, and cultural assumptions about gender-appropriate behavior. This compelling analysis shows how Shakespeare deepened the familiar love stories he inherited from New Comedy and Greek romance. In his insistence that romance be both threatened and healed from within, he created comedies reflective of the complexity of human interaction. Beginning with a penetrating analysis of the hero's contradictory response to sexual attraction, Lewis's discussion traces the heroine's reaction to abandonment and slander, and the lovers' subsequent parallel descents into versions of bastardy and death. In arguing that comedy's happy ending is the product of the gender role reversals brought on by their evolving relationship itself, Lewis shows in meticulous detail how sexual stereotypes influence attitudes and restrict behavior. This perceptive discussion of male response to family and of female response to rejection will appeal to Shakespeare scholars and students, as well as to the theater community. Lewis's persuasive argument, that Shakespeare's heroes and heroines are, from the first, three-dimensional figures far removed from the stock types of Plautus, Terence, and his continental sources, will prove a valuable contribution to the ongoing feminist reappraisal of Shakespeare
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lewis, Anthony J.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR2981
LC item number
.L49 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Love in literature
  • Comedy
  • Amour dans la littérature
  • Comédie
  • Comedy
  • Humorous plays
  • Love in literature
Label
The love story in Shakespearean comedy, Anthony J. Lewis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
238 pages
Isbn
9780813117867
Lccn
91045643
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25130601
  • (OCoLC)ocm25130601
Label
The love story in Shakespearean comedy, Anthony J. Lewis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
238 pages
Isbn
9780813117867
Lccn
91045643
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25130601
  • (OCoLC)ocm25130601

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