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date: 20 February 2020

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This article introduces some related ideas on Middleton's appropriation of his ancestors, ideas that at least muddle the neat dichotomy of moral versus immoral comedy. It calls attention specifically to a spirit of alienation, of impartiality to moral good, that characterizes Middleton's comedies, a spirit to which Plautus and his English and Italian imitators were no strangers.

Keywords: Thomas Middleton, comedies, plays, Plautus

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