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Old age, masculinity, and early modern drama : comic elders on the Italian and Shakespearean stage / Anthony Ellis.

  • Author

    Ellis, Anthony.,

  • Date published

    2009

  • Publisher

    Farnham : Ashgate, c2009.

  • Subject

    English drama Italian influences

    English drama Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 History and criticism

    Italian drama (Comedy) History and criticism

    Older men in literature

  • Accession number

    83438793

  • Class

    81/ELL

  • ISBN

    9780754665786 (hbk.), 075466578X (hbk.)

  • Language

    English

  • Physical description

    190 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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General note: Includes essays on senescence and melancholy in Shakespeare's England and King Lear, old age and the uses of comedy in Bibbiena's Calandra and Shakespeare's Merry wives of Windsor, and old age and Utopia in The tempest and The old law. UK-SuSCL Bibliography, etc. note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Summary, etc: This study tracing the evolution of the comic old man in Italian and English Renaissance comedy shows how English dramatists adopted and reimagined an Italian model to reflect native concerns about and attitudes toward growing old.