Falstaff and the Problems of Comedy

Ellis, David G. (2005) Falstaff and the Problems of Comedy. Cambridge Quarterly, 34 (2). pp. 95-108. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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A review of the Goffmanesque strategies Falstaff employs to make light of his disadvantages is followed in this article by an examination of the way he has always provoked a conflict between moral disapproval and the urge to laugh. This is partly because of a division between the invulnerable ego attributed to him by Freud, and a tendency to depression: what Bloom has characterised as Falstaff’s vitalism and nihilism. Hard, though, for anyone who works in British universities not to forgo the disapproval when, at his rejection, Falstaff not only receives his just desserts but is also the helpless victim of a change of regime.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Alison Priest
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2008 22:45
Last Modified: 19 May 2014 08:38
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