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THE DRAMATIC FUNCTION OF DISORDER, CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE
IN SHAKESPEARE'S COMEDIES AND ROMANCES
Raymond Justin Hoole
submitted in accordance with the requirements
for the degree of
DOCTOR OF LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHY
in the subject
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA
PROMOTER: PROFESSOR R.I. FERGUSON
IN MEMORY OF MY BROTHER
GERALD WATSON HOOLE
23.7.1946 - 24.12.1987
Chapter One: The Early Comedies (I)
The Comedy of Errors
The Taming of the Shrew
Chapter Two: The Early Comedies (II)
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Love's Labour's Lost
Chapter Three: The Middle Comedies (I)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merchant of Venice
Chapter Four: The Middle Comedies (II)
Much Ado about Nothing
As You Like It
Chapter Five: The Dark Comedies
All's Well That Ends Well
Measure for Measure
Chapter Six: The Romances
The Winter's Tale
Chapter Seven: Conclusions
Appendix One: Some Recent Shakespearean Productions
Appendix Two: Location of Primary Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Sources
NOTE ON THE TEXT IN
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6. I have omitted the Index.
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