Enchanted Shows: Vision and Structure in Elizabethan and Shakespearean Comedy about Magic

1st Edition

Elissa Hare

Routledge
Published September 25, 2018
Reference - 208 Pages
ISBN 9781138234956 - CAT# Y309994
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Renaissance Drama

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Summary

The book, first published in 1988, examines the role of magic in Elizabethan and Shakespearean theatre. The author observes how certain plays, including Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, rationalise the unrealism and improbabilities typical of romantic comedy as miracles wrought by specifically magical intervention. The author also explores the ways in which playwrights justify structural discontinuity by the working of magic. This title will be of interest to students of English Literature, Drama and Performance.

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