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Comic Texts

  • Susanne CollearyEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comedy book series (PSCOM)

Abstract

This chapter makes a series of in-depth comic analyses from a selection of the patriotic plays under the recurring themes of romance, nation and class. The plots are briefly described as a way into the comic structures operating in the plays, its mechanics and its intentions interwoven through the central motifs. The analysis draws out the device of the comedy double act along its porous edges to understand how the women operated in and out of the doubling. It discusses the plays’ usage of satirical attack, light relief and comic violence or slapstick. The chapter reveals the scope of comic expression in the plays and makes plain the levels of comic female agency working through the central motifs.

Keywords

Romance Nation Class Courtship Satire Violence Comedy 

Bibliography

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Technology SligoSligoIreland

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