The Winter's Tale | Critical Essay by Robert Henke

This literature criticism consists of approximately 34 pages of analysis & critique of The Winter's Tale.
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Critical Essay by Robert Henke

SOURCE: “The Winter's Tale and Guarinian Dramaturgy,” in Comparative Drama, Vol. 27, No. 2, Summer, 1993, pp. 197-217.

In the essay below, Henke examines the relationship between Battista Guarini's tragicomic theory and Shakespeare's drama, particularly focusing on The Winter's Tale.

Genre concepts significantly affect our understanding of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. The play not only repeatedly calls attention to itself as fiction, but its tripartite tragical-pastoral-comical arrangement focuses our attention on three important dramatic genres of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries and the dialogic relationships between them. In Pericles, Shakespeare emphasizes the romance source by dramatizing John Gower and narrative itself, the radical of presentation most congenial to romance. “Romance” also aptly describes the story of The Winter's Tale: a more schematic, typological presentation of character than obtains in the tragedies, the (apparent...

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