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I have been led into an exploration of the way the social form of Elizabethan holidays contributed to the dramatic form of festive comedy. To relate this drama to holiday has proved to be the most effective way to describe its character. And this historical interplay between social and artistic form has an interest of its own: we can see here, with more clarity of outline I have been led into an exploration of the way the social form of Elizabethan holidays contributed to the dramatic form of festive comedy. To relate this drama to holiday has proved to be the most effective way to describe its character. And this historical interplay between social and artistic form has an interest of its own: we can see here, with more clarity of outline and detail than is usually possible, how art develops underlying configurations in the social life of a culture.--C. L. Barber, in the Introduction


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I have been led into an exploration of the way the social form of Elizabethan holidays contributed to the dramatic form of festive comedy. To relate this drama to holiday has proved to be the most effective way to describe its character. And this historical interplay between social and artistic form has an interest of its own: we can see here, with more clarity of outline I have been led into an exploration of the way the social form of Elizabethan holidays contributed to the dramatic form of festive comedy. To relate this drama to holiday has proved to be the most effective way to describe its character. And this historical interplay between social and artistic form has an interest of its own: we can see here, with more clarity of outline and detail than is usually possible, how art develops underlying configurations in the social life of a culture.--C. L. Barber, in the Introduction

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    A major contribution, not just to studies of Shakespeare's comedies, but to Literature studies in general. A major contribution, not just to studies of Shakespeare's comedies, but to Literature studies in general.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mac

    I read this monstrosity cover to cover and boy was it a slog. More a reference book than anything else. If you love contemporary descriptions of rural English seasonal festivals, this is your dream book. If you love literally anything else, avoid at all costs because it will take you so long to get through that you will have no time left for anything else.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Kane

    I generally avoid literary criticism, but this book will genuinely help any reader enjoy the Comedies more. Further, Barber's book is my favorite example of what literary criticism should be. It is not judgmental; it is not an "agree with me or you are wrong" exercise. This book is an appreciation of Shakespeare written for others who love these plays as much as Barber does. I generally avoid literary criticism, but this book will genuinely help any reader enjoy the Comedies more. Further, Barber's book is my favorite example of what literary criticism should be. It is not judgmental; it is not an "agree with me or you are wrong" exercise. This book is an appreciation of Shakespeare written for others who love these plays as much as Barber does.

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