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Outline of Lecture I. Problem Plays II. Angelo and Lucio III. Isabella IV. The Duke V. Substitutions VI. Forgiveness, Mercy, and the comic spirit
Problem Plays In 1931 William Witherle Lawrence wrote, “The essential characteristic of a problem play, I take it, is that a perplexing and distressing complication in human life is presented in the spirit of high seriousness. This notion of high seriousness for comedy” is to treat “serious things lightly”
Problems with problem play First Folio (1623) categorized Measure for Measure as a comedy Classification of problem plays from late 19 th /early 20 th century dramatic movement Henrik Ibsen George Bernard Shaw Not value neutral; it is historical Dramatic movement with political and ideological goals Feminist issues Meaning influenced by intra- (within or inside) and inter- (between) forces and factors
Shakespeare Comedies A Midsummer Night’s Dream Movement into green world Pastoral world Internal dramatist Magic, fairies, marvelousness,

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