The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1739 Thursday, 13 October 2005
Date: Thursday, 13 Oct 2005 03:54:26 +0800
Subject: Questions on Festivity, esp. on Twelfth Night!
I am not an English native speaker, and I apologize if my questions'
shallow or stupid.
These days I am stuck in some questions while reading for an important
essay. The following are my recent readings on the topic:
Barber, C. L. Shakespeare's Festive Comedy-A Study of Dramatic Form and
Its Relation to Social Custom. New York: Princeton UP, 1959.
Bristol, Michael D. Carnival and Theater: Plebeian Culture and the
Structure of Athority in Renaissance England. London: Loutledge, 1989.
Mangan, Michael. A Preface to Shakespeare's Comedies: 1594-1603. New
York: Longman, 1996.
I am interested in the comic elements or strategies in Shakespeare's
comedies, especially the developed comedies like Twelfth Night. After
all, why are they laughable? I found the festival originality in
Shakespeare's comedies, and wondered if this festivity has something to
do with Carnival (Bakhtin's idea). I wondered how the two (festivity &
carnival) correlated? The above books make me confused with their
critical stance, Shakespeare's comedy is subversive or not? And dose my
inferring make any sense?
Thank you for any replies.
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