William Shakespeare | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 36 pages of analysis & critique of William Shakespeare.
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SOURCE: Colman, E. A. M. “What Is Indecency?” In The Dramatic Use of Bawdy in Shakespeare, pp. 1-22. London: Longman, 1974.

In the following essay, Colman cautions against reading too many indecent elements in Shakespeare, and finds that many critics distort the significance of bawdy in Shakespeare's works.

Now it is quite undeniable, that there are many passages in Shakespeare, which a father could not read aloud to his children—a brother to his sister—or a gentleman to a lady:—and every one almost must have felt or witnessed the extreme awkwardness, and even distress, that arises from suddenly stumbling upon such expressions, when it is almost too late to avoid them, and when the readiest wit cannot suggest any paraphrase, which shall not betray, by its harshness, the embarrassment from which it has arisen. Those who recollect such scenes, must all rejoice, we should think, that Mr...

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