The Comedy of Errors


King, Ros (2004) The Comedy of Errors, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 146pp. (The New Cambridge Shakespeare).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2277/0521827949

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The Comedy of Errors has been popular on the stage during the last three centuries and has proved itself admirably suited to adaptation as pure farce and musical spectacle. For this updated edition, Ros King has provided a completely new Introduction to the existing text and commentary, in which she argues that the play cannot be regarded merely as a farcical romp based on a classical model, but belongs to the critically misunderstood genre of tragi-comedy. In stressing the seriousness which underlies the story, the Introduction picks out the play's religious imagery for special attention, whilst also engaging fully with the play's deft lightness of touch and its continuing popularity in the theatre. A fresh Reading List guides the reader towards further study.


Updated edition of a text which has been in the series since 1988; completely new Introduction by Ros King, Queen Mary, University of London; new production photographs and a revised reading list.

Contents:

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Preface to first edition; Abbreviations; Introduction by Ros King: Shakespeare's main source: Plautus's Menaechmi; Shakespeare's first tragicomedy; Shakespeare's schooling and the construction of The Comedy of Errors; Casting the twins; Verse form and metrication; The first known performance: Gray's Inn 1594; Later productions; Note on the text; List of characters; THE PLAY; Appendixes: 1. The performance of 1594; 2. Passages from the Bible; Reading list.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 0521827949 (hardback)
0521535166 (paperback)
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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > English
ePrint ID: 42195
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:27
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/42195

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