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Shakespeare and Classical Comedy: The Influence of Plautus and Terence

Robert S. Miola

Abstract

This book surveys Shakespeare's comedies, charting the influence upon them of the ancient playwrights Plautus and Terence. The author analyses these sources, and places the comedies in their Renaissance context, as well as in the larger context of European theatre. Discovering new indebtedness, and discerning new patterns in previously attested borrowings, this work presents an integrated and comprehensive assessment of the complex interactions of the Classical, Shakespearian, and other Renaissance theatres. The author re-evaluates Plautus and Terence in the light of the Greek antecedents, and ... More

Keywords: William Shakespeare, Plautus, Terence, Renaissance, New Comedic errors, alazoneia, romance, Hamlet, King Lear

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198182696
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182696.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert S. Miola, author
Loyola College, Baltimore