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The path to which wild error leads: A Lucretian Comedy of Errors

Langley, E; (2013) The path to which wild error leads: A Lucretian Comedy of Errors. Textual Practice , 28 (2) pp. 161-187. 10.1080/0950236X.2013.835744. Green open access

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Abstract

Disrupting the causal progress of his comic design, Shakespeare's narrative swerve introduces the accidental into a teleological plot, allowing the errancy of individual will while promoting new energetic narrative structure. Offering a Lucretian reading of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, I consider how the playwright's complex association of identity, chance, and genre can be informed by philosophical atomism, approached along the trajectory of a readerly clinamen.

Type: Article
Title: The path to which wild error leads: A Lucretian Comedy of Errors
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0950236X.2013.835744
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2013.835744
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Shakespeare, Comedy of Errors, Lucretius, De rerum natura, clinamen, atom, Serres, chance, subjectivity, swerve, accident, coincidence
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10028152
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