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Horrid Laughter in Jacobean Tragedy

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Many tragedies by Shakespeare's contemporaries exploit in a special way the relation of tears to laughter. This is the "horrid laughter" that Professor Brooke discusses. He argues that it differs radically from the form of Shakespearian tragedy, and that it has been substantially misunderstood for that reason. A brief introduction touches on the psychological and sociological functions of such laughter, and on its historical antecedents in violent farce. Nicholas Brooke then examines outstanding examples in the plays of Tourneur, Webster, Middleton and Ford. With Ford the Jacobean tradition of horrid laughter is extinguished and tragedy and comedy become distinct.
This is a stimulating and vigorously written introduction to the special qualities of Jacobean tragedy. It also argues an elegant and original critical thesis.

This edition has an inscription on the inside and a slightly faded spine (on the dust jacket) but is otherwise in very good condition.

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Author(s):
Nicholas Brooke
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
22x14.5x1.5cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0064907015
Number of pages:
135
Publisher:
Barnes and Noble

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Many tragedies by Shakespeare's contemporaries exploit in a special way the relation of tears to laughter. This is the "horrid laughter" that Professor Brooke discusses. He argues that it differs radically from the form of Shakespearian tragedy, and that it has been substantially misunderstood for that reason. A brief introduction touches on the psychological and sociological functions of such laughter, and on its historical antecedents in violent farce. Nicholas Brooke then examines outstanding examples in the plays of Tourneur, Webster, Middleton and Ford. With Ford the Jacobean tradition of horrid laughter is extinguished and tragedy and comedy become distinct.
This is a stimulating and vigorously written introduction to the special qualities of Jacobean tragedy. It also argues an elegant and original critical thesis.

This edition has an inscription on the inside and a slightly faded spine (on the dust jacket) but is otherwise in very good condition.

Author(s):
Nicholas Brooke
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
22x14.5x1.5cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0064907015
Number of pages:
135
Publisher:
Barnes and Noble

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