English 359 (01)
Studies in Renaissance Literature

Sixteenth Century, Non-Dramatic
September - December 2001
Meeting: Tu 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Room: Bldg. 345, Rm. 104

R.G. Siemens
Office: Bldg. 335, Rm. 120
Office Hours: M 10:30-11:30; Tu 5:30-6:30; W 12:30-1:30

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Frye discusses ideas on the evolution from Old to New Comedy, and therein touches upon a number of elements of the New Comedy, among them the basic plot and movement towards resolution. Of interest is his relation of the individual and the societal, in the resolution of the comic drama: "The essential comic resolution," Frye states, ". . . is an individual release which is also a social reconciliation" (167). His comments on the structural relation of the comedy and the tragedy are particularly useful: "Comedy," he notes, "grows out of the [tragic] ritual, for in the ritual the tragic story has a comic sequel" (168).


R.G. Siemens, 2001-.
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