Examine the comic situations brought about by cross-dressing in Twelfth Night, Cloud Nine and/or Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet).


The objective of this assignment is to consolidate and apply the knowledge you have gleaned from the comedies and comedy theory in this course. To that effect, you are expected to write on two plays and to use at least two theory articles to support your arguments. Re-reading and re-writing is fundamental to the academic process so you may build on the plays and topics analysed in your short essay, if they are relevant to the ones listed below. (Careful: “build on” does not mean re-submitting your short essay with added pages — you must develop your ideas.) 2

1. Examine the comic situations brought about by cross-dressing in Twelfth Night, Cloud Nine and/or Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). Use the ideas on comedy of the following writers to support your thesis: Stott, Frye, Bergson, and/or Langer.

2. Discuss physical comedy in two of the following plays: Twelfth Night, Cloud Nine, alterNatives, Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), and/or The Shipment. Make connections with the concepts outlined in Peacock, Bergson, Langer and/or Taylor.

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