Intro; Half Title; Series; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Series Editor's Preface; Dedication; 1. What's so Funny about Humours? Melancholy, Comedy and Revisionist Philosophy; 2. Comic Symmetry and English Melancholy; 3. Melancholic Dissonance and the Limits of Psycho-Humoralism; 4. Melancholic Ambience at the Comic Close; 5. Melancomic Time in Late Shakespeare; 6. The Philosophical Afterlives of Shakespearean Melancholy; Works Cited; Index.
This richly contextualized study of Shakespeare's comic engagement with sadness contends that the playwright rethinks melancholy through comic theatre and conversely, re-theorizes comedy through melancholy.
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