Comedies of Errors : Shakespeare, Indian Cinema, and The Poetics of Mistaken Identity

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBollywood Shakespeares
EditorsCraig Dionne, Parmita Kapadia
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter8
Pages165-192
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-37556-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-38612-0, 978-1-349-48148-4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameReproducing Shakespeare: New Studies in Adaptation and Appropriation

Abstract

The Comedy of Errors, as Shakespeare himself recognized when he adapted his play from the Plautine originals and called it The Comedy of Errors, is a reductio ad absurdum of the narrative of mis-taken identity. By creating a plot around two sets of twins, Shakespeare self-consciously draws attention to the role of the twin conceit in generating misrecognition. For Aristotle, tragedy was based on anagnorisis or recognition that arises from a failure of understanding or misrecognition that can be tragic in its consequences. The Comedy of Errors is also a play about misrecognition but, unlike tragedy that has profound consequences for the protagonist’s self-understanding, The Comedy of Errors invites us to take pleasure in the incongruous and inappropriate emotional responses that are solicited by situations that are erroneously appraised and understood, from mistakenly placed or seemingly inappropriate affection to misplaced anger or rage.

Citation Format(s)

Comedies of Errors : Shakespeare, Indian Cinema, and The Poetics of Mistaken Identity. / Allen, Richard.

Bollywood Shakespeares. ed. / Craig Dionne; Parmita Kapadia. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. p. 165-192 (Reproducing Shakespeare: New Studies in Adaptation and Appropriation ).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review