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The Winter’s Tale(1610/11) I. Shakespeare’s Late Romances --general review of Shakespeare’s dramatic output --the “late romances” or “tragicomedies”: Pericles(1607/08), Cymbeline(1609/10), The Winter’s Tale(1610/11), The Tempest(1611) --their characteristics as tragicomic romances --the vicissitudes of their reception, up to the present --their apparent “defects” actually befit romance as a genre, and such features of it enable it to do what it does II. Tragicomedy --a drama of mixed emotions with a happy ending --differs from comedy in having very pronounced tragic elements, and from tragedy in having a comic resolution --middle style, between comedy and the grandeur of tragic rhetoric --controversial in Shakespeare’s time --antecedents: English and Italian --Giovanni Battista Guarini: Il pastor fidoand early modern tragicomic theory --John Fletcher, The Faithful Shepherdess: preface explaining tragicomedy --The Winter’s Tale: tragedy dominates until end of Act III, scene ii

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