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March 16, 2007

Falstaff – a tragic wit or fool and jester?

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=falstaff.mp3

Paul Allen talks about Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s greatest roles.

Summary:

Why is Falstaff considered to be a great Shakespearean role
What is the impact of Falstaff
Is he a clown or a subversive character
The origins of Falstaff
How was he perceived by Shakespeares contemporaries
Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor
How have our perceptions of Falstaff changed
Interpretations of Falstaff
The demise of Falstaff
Is Falstaff a tragic or comic figure


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