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Philip Edwards

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235125

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317415

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—Shakespeare (III): Comedies And Romances

—Shakespeare (III): Comedies And Romances

‘Not So Mch Perdition As an Hayre’

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(p.129) Chapter Six—Shakespeare (III): Comedies And Romances
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DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317415.008

The shipwreck is extensively used as a major structural device in William Shakespeare's comedies and romances, including The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale, and Pericles Prince of Tyre. Surprisingly, Shakespeare often seems to be indifferent to verisimilitude in introducing these shipwrecks, which he advertises as authorial devices. The Merchant of Venice is the most important play between The Comedy of Errors and Pericles Prince of Tyre with respect to featuring the interrupted voyage. However, a significant and unnoticed prelude to The Merchant of Venice is A Midsummer Night's Dream, whose action is also centred on a shipwreck.

Keywords:   William Shakespeare, shipwreck, comedies, romances, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, The Winter's Tale, Pericles Prince of Tyre, voyage

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