Shakespeare, Rabelais, and the Comical-Historical


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This intertextual reading of William Shakespeare's Henry IV Part I & II with Fran???ois Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel suggests that sufficient evidence exists to question the widespread denial of any knowledge of Rabelais on the part of Shakespeare. In each work, a prince participates in a process of education in preparation to succeed his father. Each prince shares adventures with an unconventional, comic companion. History and comedy form a hybrid genre, the Comical-Historical. Foundational chapters discuss the ...

Shakespeare, Rabelais, and the Comical-Historical 2000, Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers, New York

ISBN-13: 9780820440989