Author: Andrew Stott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113445404X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

View: 8781

This new edition of Andrew Stott’s Comedy builds on themes presented in the first edition such as focusing on the significance of comic 'events' through study of various theoretical methodologies, including deconstruction, psychoanalysis and gender theory, and provides case studies of a number of themes, ranging from the drag act to the simplicity of slipping on a banana skin. This new edition features: updates to reflect new research the field new chapters on Women in Comedy and Race and Ethnicity a broader range of literary and cultural examples. Written in a clear and accessible style, this book is ideal introduction to comedy for students studying literature and culture.

A Companion to Film Comedy


Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119169550

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 584

View: 8211

This wide-ranging celebration of the variety and complexity of international film comedy covers work from the days of silent movies to the present on a global scale, including Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as the United States.

The Cambridge Introduction to Comedy


Author: Eric Weitz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521832608

Category: Drama

Page: 243

View: 8516

A 'how to' guide on reading comic texts, covering comedy's origins and characteristics with reference to literature, film and television.

Comedy, Tragedy, and Religion


Author: John Morreall

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791442067

Category: Social Science

Page: 177

View: 9473

Explains the worldviews of comedy & tragedy, & analyzes world religions, finding some to be more comic, other more tragic.

Comedy of Manners


Author: David L. Hirst

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351629905

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 130

View: 5170

First published in 1979, this book traces comedy of manners from the 1660s to the then present — a scope beyond the traditional focus on the Restoration and early twentieth century. It uncovers an underestimated subversive potential and socially critical force in this particularly English dramatic form, emphasising the distinctive subjects and style that distinguish it from more general forms of witty social satire. The author discusses the major comic dramatists of the post-Restoration period; reassesses the significance of Sheridan, Wilde and Coward; and examines the continuation of the tradition in modern writers. This book will be of interest to students of English literature and drama.

The Counterfeiters

An Historical Comedy


Author: Hugh Kenner,Guy Davenport

Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press

ISBN: 9781564784162

Category: Humor

Page: 174

View: 6261

Originally published: Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1968.

All Joking Aside

American Humor and Its Discontents


Author: Rebecca Krefting

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421414295

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 7229

Includes filmographies and discographies.

Classical Comedy


Author: Aristophanes,Menander,Plautus,Terence

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141959487

Category: Drama

Page: 352

View: 1599

From the fifth to the second century BC, innovative comedy drama flourished in Greece and Rome. This collection brings together the greatest works of Classical comedy, with two early Greek plays: Aristophanes' bold, imaginative Birds, and Menander's The Girl from Samos, which explores popular contemporary themes of mistaken identity and sexual misbehaviour; and two later Roman comic plays: Plautus' The Brothers Menaechmus - the original comedy of errors - and Terence's bawdy yet sophisticated double love-plot, The Eunuch. Together, these four plays demonstrate the development of Classical comedy, celebrating its richness, variety and extraordinary legacy to modern drama.



Author: Scott Brewster

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134363893

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

View: 506

The term ‘lyric’ has evolved, been revised, redefined and contested over the centuries. In this fascinating introduction, Scott Brewster: traces the history of the term from its classical origins through the early modern, Romantic and Victorian periods and up to the twenty-first century demonstrates the influence of lyric on poetic practice, literature, music and other popular cultural forms uses three aspects -- the lyric ‘self’, love and desire and the relationship between lyric, poetry and performance -- as focal points for further discussion not only charts the history of lyric theory and practice but re-examines assumptions about the lyric form in the context of recent theoretical accounts of poetic discourse. Offering clarity and structure to this often intense and emotive field, Lyric offers essential insights for students of literature, performance, music and cultural studies.

Comedy of Errors


Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: N.A


Category: Miniature books

Page: 249

View: 7220



Author: John Frow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317693221

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

View: 4538

This second edition of John Frow’s Genre offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the area. Genre is a key means by which we categorize the many forms of literature and culture, but it is also much more than that: in talk and writing, in music and images, in film and television, genres actively generate and shape our knowledge of the world. Understanding genre as a dynamic process rather than a set of stable rules, this book explores: the relation of simple to complex genres the history of literary genre in theory the generic organisation of implied meanings the structuring of interpretation by genre the uses of genre in teaching. John Frow’s lucid exploration of this fascinating concept has become essential reading for students of literary and cultural studies, and the second edition expands on the original to take account of recent debates in genre theory and the emergence of digital genres.

What's So Funny?

Humor in American Culture


Author: Nancy A. Walker

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780842026888

Category: History

Page: 284

View: 8394

Presents studies attempting to define and dissect American humor for students and scholars.

Death of Virgil


Author: Hermann Broch

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307813711

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 5768

It is the reign of the Emperor Augustus, and Publius Vergilius Maro, the poet of the Aeneid and Caesar's enchanter, has been summoned to the palace, where he will shortly die. Out of the last hours of Virgil's life and the final stirrings of his consciousness, the Austrian writer Hermann Broch fashioned one of the great works of twentieth-century modernism, a book that embraces an entire world and renders it with an immediacy that is at once sensual and profound. Begun while Broch was imprisoned in a German concentration camp, The Death of Virgil is part historical novel and part prose poem -- and always an intensely musical and immensely evocative meditation on the relation between life and death, the ancient and the modern. From the Trade Paperback edition.

American Satire

An Anthology of Writings from Colonial Times to the Present


Author: Nick Bakalar

Publisher: Plume


Category: Humor

Page: 456

View: 1985

Throughout American history, satire has attracted the country's best writers. From Ben Franklin's cutting satiric attacks on British policy toward the American colonies to Mark Twain's "American Abroad" to Art Buchwald's "Pictures From Vietnam", this collection entertains while it informs, providing an excellent overview of American satirical prose and poetry. 468 pp



Author: Jessica Milner Davis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351520237

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 191

View: 2752

Farce has always been relegated to the lowest rung of the ladder of dramatic genres. Distinctions between farce and more literary comic forms remain clouded, even in the light of contemporary efforts to rehabilitate this type of comedy. Is farce really nothing more than slapstick-the "putting out of candles, kicking down of tables, falling over joynt-stools," as Thomas Shadwell characterized it in the seventeenth century? Or was his contemporary, Nahum Tate correct when he declared triumphantly that "there are no rules to be prescribed for that sort of wit, no patterns to copy; and 'tis altogether the creature of imagination"? Davis shows farce to be an essential component in both the comedic and tragic traditions. Farce sets out to explore the territory of what makes farce distinct as a comic genre. Its lowly origins date back to the classic Graeco-Roman theatre; but when formal drama was reborn by the process of elaboration of ritual within the mediaeval Church, the French term "farce" became synonymous with a recognizable style of comic performance. Taking a wide range of farces from the briefest and most basic of fair-ground mountebank performances to fully-fledged five-act structures from the late nineteenth century, the book reveals the patterns of comic plot and counter-plot that are common to all. The result is a novel classification of farce-plots, which serves to clarify the differences between farce and more literary comic forms and to show how quickly farce can shade into other styles of humor. The key is a careful balance between a revolt against order and propriety, and a kind of Realpolitik which ultimately restores the social conventions under attack. A complex array of devices in such things as framing, plot, characterization, timing and acting style maintain the delicate balance. Contemporary examples from the London stage bring the discussion u

A Confederacy of Dunces


Author: John Kennedy Toole

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 9780802197627

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 4564

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).



Author: Ika Willis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317355547

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

View: 2733

Reception introduces students and academics alike to the study of the way in which texts are received by readers, viewers, and audiences. Organized conceptually and thematically, this book provides a much-needed overview of the field, drawing on work in literary and cultural studies as well as Classics, Biblical studies, medievalism, and the media history of the book. It provides new ways of understanding and configuring the relationships between the various terminologies and theories that comprise reception study, and suggests potential ways forward for study and research in the light of such new configurations. Written in a clear and accessible style, this is the ideal introduction to the study of reception.



Author: Clifford Leech

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1315280000


Page: N.A

View: 5334

First published in 1969, this work examines the genre of Tragedy from its origins in ancient Greece, to the modern day. Beginning with an overview of the meaning of tragedy in Europe through the ages, it goes on to explore common aspects of tragedies such as the tragic hero, the chorus and unities, catharsis, peripeteia, anagnorisis and suffering. This book will be of interest to anyone studying European drama and literature.



Author: Francis Mulhern

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134852223

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 1123

Culture/Metaculture is a stimulating introduction to the meanings of 'culture' in contemporary Western society. This essential survey examines: * culture as an antidote to 'mass' modernity, in the work of Thomas Mann, Julien Benda, José Ortega y Gasset, Karl Mannheim and F. R. Leavis * changing views of the term in the work of Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, T. S. Eliot and Richard Hoggart * post-war theories of 'popular' culture and the rise of Cultural Studies, paying particular attention to the key figures of Raymond Williams and Stuart Hall * theories of 'metaculture', or the ways in which culture, however defined, speaks of itself. Francis Mulhern's interdisciplinary approach allows him to draw out the fascinating links between key political issues and the changing definitions of culture. The result is an unrivalled introduction to a concept at the heart of contemporary critical thought.

The Bloomsbury Introduction to Adaptation Studies

Adapting the Canon in Film, TV, Novels and Popular Culture


Author: Yvonne Griggs

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441167021

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 5461

From David Lean's big screen Great Expectations to Alejandro Amenábar's reinvention of The Turn of the Screw as The Others, adaptations of literary classics are a constant feature of popular culture today. The Bloomsbury Introduction to Adaptation Studies helps students master the history, theory and practice of analysing literary adaptations. Following an introductory overview of major debates and concepts, each chapter focuses on a canonical text and features: - Case study readings of adaptations in a variety of media, from film to opera, televised drama to animated comedy show, YA fiction to novel/graphic novel. - Coverage of popular appropriations and re-imaginings of the text. - Discussion questions and creative exercises throughout to guide students through their own analyses. - Annotated guides to further reading and viewing plus online resources. - The book also includes chapter overviews and a glossary of critical terms to give students quick access to key information for further study, reference and revision. The Bloomsbury Introduction to Adaptation Studies covers adaptations of: Jane Eyre; Great Expectations; The Turn of the Screw; The Great Gatsby.