The Merry Wives of Windsor | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Robert S. Miola

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
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Critical Essay by Robert S. Miola

SOURCE: “The Merry Wives of Windsor: Classical and Italian Intertexts,” in Comparative Drama, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall, 1993, pp. 364-76.

In the following essay, Miola asserts that despite its weaknesses in plot, The Merry Wives of Windsor reveals Shakespeare's skill at adapting comedic forms outside of English dramaturgy.

Current theory has distinguished between two opposite intertextual perspectives, synchronic and diachronic. Dismissing all notion of temporality and hence of sources, the synchronic perspective views all texts as existing simultaneously with each other. “An endless ars combinatoria takes place in what has been variously termed ‘musée imaginaire’ (Malraux), ‘chambre d'échos’ (Barthes), or ‘Bibliothèque générale’ (Grivel).” Contrarily, the diachronic perspective recognizes temporality...

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