Title

'Titles Are Jests': The Challenge to Generic Dialectic in 'A King and No King'

Publication Title

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England

Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Article

Keywords

genre conventions, rhetoric, dialectic

Disciplines

Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | English Language and Literature | Theatre History

Abstract

An essay is presented on the political commentary in the tragicomedy play "A King and No King" by John Fletcher. It discusses the most common criticisms leveled against Fletcherian tragicomedy, the attempts of the author of the play to present the play as having no genre and the ways in which the play reveals the false necessity of generic absolutism. Also discussed are the factors behind the perception that tragicomedy is an inferior genre compared with other forms of literature.


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