All 'Metatheatre' is Not Created Equal: The Knight of the Burning Pestle, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the Navigation of the Spectrum of Dramatic Representation

Leonard, Nathaniel C.
March 2018
Shakespeare Bulletin;Spring2018, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p49
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article discusses how Francis Beaumont's "The Knight of the Burning Pestle" and William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" use the comic presentation of a play as a central element in their overall dramatic plots, but to meaningfully different ends. Topics discussed include acknowledgement of and critical engagement with English poet William Shakespeare's self-reflexivity; and forms and functions of early modern metatheatre.


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