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Shakespearean Melancholy: Philosophy, Form and the Transformation of Comedy

J. F. Bernard


What’s so funny about melancholy? Iconic as Hamlet is, Shakespearean comedy showcases an extraordinary reliance on melancholy that ultimately reminds us of the porous demarcation between laughter and sorrow. 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. In fashioning his own comic interpretation of the humour, Shakespeare distils an impressive array of philosophical discourses on the matter, from Aristotle to Robert Burton, and as a r ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Melancholy, Comedy, Philosophy, Humours, Emotions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474417334
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417334.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. F. Bernard, author