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Author Zucker, Adam, 1972-

Title The places of wit in early modern English comedy / Adam Zucker.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  822.05230903 ZUCK    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-246) and index.
Contents Introduction -- 1. Shakespeare's green materials: Windsor Forest and The Merry Wives of Windsor -- 2. Ben Jonson's gallant London -- 3. Covent Garden: town culture and the location of wit -- 4. Another Green World: or, how to use Hyde Park -- Epilogue: the game of culture.
Summary "What is wit made out of in the comedies of Shakespeare, Jonson, Shirley and their contemporaries? What does it hide? What does it reveal? This book addresses these questions by turning to the relationship between comic form and local history. Explorations of familiar sites, including Windsor Forest, Smithfield, Covent Garden and Hyde Park, are matched with close readings of drama that focus on overlays between theatrical, spatial, narrative and social conventions. Dramatic comedy's definitive interest in cultural competency and incompetence, and wit and witlessness, is revealed through discussions of commerce, gambling, royal forests and new or newly public spaces in and around early modern London. Along with Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Ben Jonson's Epicene and Bartholomew Fair, special emphasis is placed on the neglected town comedies of the 1630s - the forerunners of the Restoration comedy of manners and satirical realism of our own day"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
English drama (Comedy) -- History and criticism.
Humor in literature.
Space in literature.
Public spaces in literature.
Setting (Literature)
ISBN 9781107003088 (hardback)
1107003083 (hardback)