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Testing Courtesy and Humanity in Twelfth Night

C. L. Barber

in Shakespeare's Festive Comedy: A Study of Dramatic Form and Its Relation to Social Custom

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149523
eISBN:
9781400839858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149523.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Very little happens in the Twelfth Night, much of the time people are merely talking, especially in the first half, before the farcical ... More


Secrecy and Gossip in Twelfth Night (1997)

John Kerrigan

in On Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature: Essays

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199248513
eISBN:
9780191697753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248513.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter discusses gossip and secrecy in one of Shakespeare's most famous works, Twelfth Night. Thanks to the efforts of iconologists and art historians, modern readers know more about fraud, ... More


Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night

Steve Sohmer

in Reading Shakespeare's mind

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781526113276
eISBN:
9781526124265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113276.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter pinpoints 27 December 1601 as the date of the first performance of Twelfth Night – and demonstrates that Shakespeare wrote his play for two audiences, one at Elizabeth’s Court, the other ... More


Shakespeare's Festive Comedy: A Study of Dramatic Form and Its Relation to Social Custom

Cesar Lombardi Barber

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149523
eISBN:
9781400839858
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149523.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book argues that Elizabethan seasonal festivals such as May Day and Twelfth Night are the key to understanding Shakespeare's comedies. Interweaving anthropology, social history, and literary ... More


“O Just But Severe Law!”: Weighing Puritanism in Twelfth Night and Measure for Measure

Brian Walsh

in Unsettled Toleration: Religious Difference on the Shakespearean Stage

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780198754435
eISBN:
9780191816109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754435.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Drama

This chapter examines a different mode of representing Puritan and non-Puritan interactions through Malvolio from Twelfth Night and Angelo from Measure for Measure. Both plays have been called ... More


Early modern humour

Indira Ghose

in Shakespeare and Laughter: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719076923
eISBN:
9781781700983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719076923.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter focuses on changes in early modern humour. The first few decades of the professional theatre had been dominated by star comedians such as Dick Tarlton and Will Kemp. In the 1590s, ... More


Reading Shakespeare's mind

Steve Sohmer

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781526113276
eISBN:
9781526124265
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113276.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This book will come as a revelation to Shakespeare scholars everywhere. It reveals the identity of the playwright and Shakespeare’s colleague behind the mask of Jaques in As You Like It. It pinpoints ... More


Comedy of disguise and mistaken identity

R. S. White

in Shakespeare's Cinema of Love: A Study in Genre and Influence

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099748
eISBN:
9781526121165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099748.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Conscious disguise and mistaken identity run through most of Shakespeare’s comedies as a theme, and they are central defining aspects of his romantic comedy. Underlying the pattern is a version of ... More


Shakespearian Figures

Hammond Paul

in Figuring Sex between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186922
eISBN:
9780191674617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186922.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter considers ideas about how texts open and close possibilities, and uses them to read some of Shakespeare's work. It first focuses on the Sonnets, on the rhetoric of possession and ... More


Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night wordplay

Steve Sohmer

in Reading Shakespeare's mind

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781526113276
eISBN:
9781526124265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113276.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter reveals the identities of Quinapalus, the Vapians, Pigrogromitus, and the court jester behind Feste’s name. It’s Shakespeare at his word-playing best.


Dreams in the forest: romantic comedy

R. S. White

in Shakespeare's Cinema of Love: A Study in Genre and Influence

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099748
eISBN:
9781526121165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099748.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

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 successful that ... More


Wooden Actors on the English Renaissance Stage

Vin Nardizzi

in Renaissance Posthumanism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823269556
eISBN:
9780823269594
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823269556.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

In “Wooden Actors on the English Renaissance Stage,” the post in posthuman refers not to some sense of belatedness or temporal supersession but rather to an elusive figure in the theatrical archive: ... More


Robert Armin

Bart van Es

in Shakespeare in Company

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199569311
eISBN:
9780191744945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569311.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

The year 1600 saw the replacement of the company’s principal comic actor, William Kemp, by Robert Armin. This chapter analyses the implications of this change in personnel on Shakespeare’s art. The ... More


The Season of La Guiannée

Anna Servaes

in "Franco-American Identity, Community, and La Guiannée"

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781628462104
eISBN:
9781626745599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462104.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Social Groups

This chapter describes how the guionneurs perform La Guiannée on New Year’s Eve in Ste. Genevieve and Prairie du Rocher. The King’s Ball and the Twelfth Night Ball are also described, showing the ... More


Beginning at the beginning

Steve Sohmer

in Reading Shakespeare's mind

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781526113276
eISBN:
9781526124265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113276.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter explains why Twelfth Night must begin with 1.2 rather than 1.1, and cites eighteenth- to nineteenth-century productions as conclusive evidence.


‘The case appears too liquid’: The Two Sides of Androgyno

Isaac Hui

in Volpone's Bastards: Theorising Jonson's City Comedy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474423472
eISBN:
9781474444958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423472.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Drawing attention to the subplot of Lady Would-be, the chapter untangles the differences between the androgyne and the hermaphrodite with the use of Freud and Lacan, comparing Volpone with The ... More


What Is Gender?: Cao’s and Shakespeare’s

Patrick Colm Hogan

in Sexual Identities: A Cognitive Literary Study

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190857790
eISBN:
9780190857820
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190857790.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The third chapter turns to gender, examining parts of Cao’s Story of the Stone and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The former treats a boy who strongly identifies himself with the girls with whom he is ... More


Epilogue: personal Shakespeare

Steve Sohmer

in Reading Shakespeare's mind

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781526113276
eISBN:
9781526124265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113276.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter summarizes the thesis of the book: that William Shakespeare was a far more personal writer than scholars have recognized.


The Marvel of Peru

Marjorie Garber

in Loaded Words

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823242047
eISBN:
9780823242085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823242047.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In the adventures of the Lieutenant Nun Doña Catalina de Erauso, who cross-dressed her way out of a Spanish convent and into the New World, what we read, what we find, is a version of ourselves. ... More


Shakespeare’s Musical Thresholds

Scott A. Trudell

in Unwritten Poetry: Song, Performance, and Media in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198834663
eISBN:
9780191874031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198834663.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Song is accompanied by a persistent sense of dislocation from Shakespeare’s fictions, often fitting only loosely or incompletely into dramatic plots. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titania’s four ... More


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