"The Way of the World" (BOK)

William Congreve

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If seventeenth- and eighteenth-century comedy differ in that the former is about sex (and adultery actually happens) while the latter is about love (and adultery is merely threatened), then Congreve - writing at the turn of the century - occupies a phase of transition. Mirabell is no saint, but he deserves the title of 'hero' for masterminding the action with the same wit and humanity with which the dramatist designed the play. Mirabell is both financially and amorously interested in the skittish Millamant, who declares that she might, with certain provisos, 'dwindle into a wife'. The introduction to this edition clarifies the playwright's and his characters' highly intricate plotting and argues that the key metaphor of the play is card-playing, in which fortune, cunning, concealment and a high trump drawn from the sleeve at the right moment will win the game - and the heiress.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2002 Forfatter William Congreve
Forlag
METHUEN DRAMA
ISBN 9780713666625
Antall sider 176 Dimensjoner 12,9cm x 19,8cm x 1,3cm
Vekt 181 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Andre medvirkende Brian Gibbons Emner og form Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Plays, playscripts, Literary studies: plays & playwrights