Farce and Force: Shakespearean Comedy, Militarism, and Violence

Barker, Simon (2018) Farce and Force: Shakespearean Comedy, Militarism, and Violence. In: The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198727682

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Abstract

This chapter reviews the substantial body of scholarship devoted to the relationship between Shakespeare’s plays and warfare, emphasizing the emphasis of this work on Shakespeare’s history plays, the classical plays and, to some extent, the principal tragedies. It then addresses an obvious gap in this scholarship by studying the ways in which Shakespeare’s comedies engage with past wars or the threat of war, often by presenting figures who have been fashioned either by the experience of war or a frustration over the absence of war. The comedies, in other words, continually hint at violence even as they exploit—by inversion or parody—the tropes of militarism found in the histories, the classical plays, and the tragedies.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: militarism, early modern warfare, violence, peace, Elizabeth I, artillery
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary history
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1600 Drama
Divisions: Departments > English and Creative Writing
Depositing User: Heather Robbins
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2017 16:02
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 13:55
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2553

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