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The hyperlinks in the text will obviously work best if the whole file is allowed to download first (the average file size is about 110 KB for each play, so downloading is reasonably quick).

The text has been prepared using Microsoft FrontPage 2000 with fonts available with this software.

A note on changes in the text as a result of re-typing for web pages.

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THE DRAMATIC EFFECT OF MUSIC, SONG AND

DANCE IN SHAKESPEARE'S COMEDIES

by

Raymond Justin Hoole

submitted in accordance with the requirements for

the degree of

MASTER OF ARTS

in the subject

ENGLISH

at the

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA

PROMOTER: PROFESSOR E.R. HARTY

MAY 1985


CONTENTS

    Summary                                                                          1

    Introduction                                                                      2

    1. The Early Comedies (I)                                                 6

    2. The Early Comedies (II)                                              26

    3. The Middle Comedies                                                 44

    4. The Dark Comedies                                                    65

    5. The Romances                                                            76

    6. Conclusions                                                                97

    References and Notes                                                   105

    Select Bibliography                                                        121


 

NOTE ON THE TEXT IN

THESE WEB PAGES

     The text given in this web site  is that of the dissertation I presented for my Master of Arts degree.  I have tried to give the text as it was in my dissertation, which was originally typed on a Facit electric typewriter.  In re-typing it for web pages there have inevitably been some changes in format and design. These include the following:

    1.  For ease of reference page numbers are placed at the top centre of each page where they appear at the top right in the original.  Page numbers are placed between hyphens, thus: - iii -, or - 123 - .  Page breaks are indicated by a horizontal line on the web page; because of different font sizes and line lengths, these page breaks do not always appear at the ends of lines as they naturally do in the original.  Also, lines may start with hyphens, which would not have been allowed in the original.

    2.  Titles which were underlined in the original have been italicised here.

    3.  The References and Notes have been placed at the end of each chapter, rather than in a collected group after Chapter Six, as in the original. The original page numbers on which the References and Notes appeared have, however, been preserved.  Numbers to notes have been prefixed by their chapters, so that the fifth note in the third chapter appears as 3.5; in the original it would have appeared simply as 5 in chapter 3.

    4.  References to other pages in my dissertation are indicated by page numbers as in the original, but here I have added hyperlinks for the reader's convenience.

    5.  Hyperlinks appear underlined in the text, and this means that if the title of a play is used as a hyperlink, it will appear in italics and underlined.

    6.  Certain liberties have been taken to improve the appearance of the text, such as putting headings in bold, which was not available on the original electric typewriter used..

   

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