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The Ridiculous to the Delightful

The Ridiculous to the Delightful

Comic Characters in Sidney’s New Arcadia

Robert Nicholas Reeves III

ISBN 9780674768901

Publication date: 01/01/1974

Sir Philip Sidney’s comic technique, in particular the comic characters in the second version of his pastoral romance, is the subject of this ably written essay. Robert Nicholas Reeves begins with a re-examination of comic theory in Sidney’s Defense of Poesy, and proceeds to a reading of the humorous in the Arcadia as a happy kind of moral teaching. He discusses devices employed—irony, ridicule, deflation—and the relation of the low comic figures to the delightful elements of the main plot.

Book Details

  • 64 pages
  • Harvard University Press