'The Comic Incongruity', 'Shakespeare's Festive Comdies' + 'Introduction: Shakespeare's Comic Timing'

Comedy v Tragedy: What Critic?
'The Comic Incongruity' by Walter Kerr, 1967
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Quote 1
"It points to the thousand ways in which the admittedly free man is not free'. It keeps an echo of freedom about, because if it did not there would be no joke"
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Quote 2
"Tragedy speaks always of freedom. Comedy speaks nothing but limitation" - Limited, comical love triangle - "My master loves her dearly, an I (poor monster) fond as much on him"
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Quote 3
"We are serious so long there is a way out. Comedy occurs when there is no way out" - 'Sir Topas! Sir Topas, good Sir Topas"
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Quote 4
"laughter always erupts precisely as the situation becomes hopeless"
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Quote 5
"comedy depends upon tragedy because it has no disparity with which to shock us"
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Crucial features in comedy: What Critic?
'Shakespeare's Festive Comedies' - Francois Laroque, 2003
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Quote 1
"contribute to the general mirth and to the dancing spirits that accompany the rights of love and restore harmony" - Twelfth Night period ends and everything goes back to normal
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Quote 2
"one cannot do away with the basic discrepancy between ritual and reality" - "my father had a daughter loved a man"
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Quote 3
"songs, music and lyrics are particularly important in Shakespeare's comedies" - Music introduced early on; links to Feste the 'fool' who observes
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Quote 4
Subplots "take up the tricks of humours and the cruel games of deception and exposure"
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Flexibility of Comedy: What Critic?
'Introduction: Shakespeare's Comic Timing', R.W Maslen, 2004
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Quote 1
"Comedy was a dramatic form that dealt with commoners"
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Quote 2
"comedies extraordinary flexibility"
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Quote 3
"Comedy, by contrast dealt with the dangerous present"
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Quote 4
"Tragedy dealt with times that were safety past"
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Quote 5
"giving it a voice and placing it at the centre of the action at a time when it had few opportunities"
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"It points to the thousand ways in which the admittedly free man is not free'. It keeps an echo of freedom about, because if it did not there would be no joke"

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Quote 1

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"Tragedy speaks always of freedom. Comedy speaks nothing but limitation" - Limited, comical love triangle - "My master loves her dearly, an I (poor monster) fond as much on him"

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Card 4

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"We are serious so long there is a way out. Comedy occurs when there is no way out" - 'Sir Topas! Sir Topas, good Sir Topas"

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Card 5

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"laughter always erupts precisely as the situation becomes hopeless"

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