The Comic Mode in English Literature: From the Middle Ages to Today Murray Roston

ISBN: 9781441112316

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The Comic Mode in English Literature: From the Middle Ages to Today by Murray Roston
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From Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales to Helen Fieldings Bridget Joness Diary, this is a comprehensive guide to comedy in the English literary canon. Beginning with a critical exploration of historical and philosophical theories of humour, the bookMoreFrom Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales to Helen Fieldings Bridget Joness Diary, this is a comprehensive guide to comedy in the English literary canon.

Beginning with a critical exploration of historical and philosophical theories of humour, the book then supplies close-readings of a wide range of major texts, authors and genres from the Medieval period to the present.The Comic Mode in English Literature examines such texts as:•Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream•Pope’s The Rape of the Lock•Austen’s Emma•Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers•Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest•Amis’s Lucky JimCovering poetry, prose and drama, this comprehensive guide will be essential reading for students of comic writing, literary history and genre.Table of Contents1.

Introduction / 2. Late Medieval / i. The Second Shepherds’ Play / ii. Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales / iii. Medwall, Fulgens and Lucrece / 3. The Renaissance / i. Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream / ii. Falstaff / iii. Donne, ‘The Flea’ / iv. Marvell, ‘The Garden’ / 4.

The Restoration and Eighteenth Century / i. Restoration Comedy / ii. Pope, ‘The Rape of the Lock’ / iii. The Vogue of Sentiment / iv. Sterne, Tristram Shandy / 5. Nineteenth Century / i. Austen, Emma / ii. Dickens, The Pickwick Papers / iii. Poking Fun at the Establishment / iv. Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest / v. Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat / 6. Twentieth Century / i. George Bernard Shaw / ii. Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm / iii. Beckett, Waiting for Godot / iv.

Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim / v. Malcolm Bradbury, The History Man / vi. Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary / Bibliography / Index.



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