Journals Higher Education



Published: 13 May 1999

186 Pages

8.5 x 5.5 inches

ISBN: 9780719049651

Bookseller Code (06)


Introduction to English Renaissance comedy

Alexander Leggatt

Published by Manchester University Press

Introduction to English Renaissance comedy provides a comprehensive introduction to Elizabethan, Jacobean and Caroline comedy, covering both public and private theatres, emphasising the eclectic, experimental nature of this comedy: its departures from the mainstream New Comedy tradition, its searching, witty analysis of social and personal relations in court, city and country.

This book makes a close analysis of some of the richest comedies of the period, making unexpected connections between them: Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest, Lyly's Endymion, Greene's Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, Marston's The Malcontent, Middleton's Michaelmas Term, Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, Shirley's The Lady of Pleasure and Brome's A Jovial Crew. Through these plays the reader is given a comprehensive picture of English comedy in one of its most creative periods.