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Comedy (Very Short Introductions)

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To consider comedy in its many incarnations is to raise diverse but related questions: what, for instance, is humour, and how may it be used (or abused)? When do we laugh, and why? What is it that writers and speakers enjoy - and risk - when they tell a joke, indulge in bathos, talk nonsense, or encourage irony?

This Very Short Introduction explores comedy both as a literary genre, and as a range of non-literary phenomena, experiences and events. Matthew Bevis studies the classics of comic drama, prose fiction and poetry, alongside forms of pantomime, comic opera, silent cinema, popular music, Broadway shows, music-hall, stand-up and circus acts, rom-coms, sketch shows, sit-coms, caricatures, and cartoons.

Taking in scenes from Aristophanes to The Office, from the Roman Saturnalia to Groundhog Day, Bevis also considers comic theory from Aristotle to Freud and beyond, tracing how comic achievements have resisted as well as confirmed theory across the ages.

This book takes comedy seriously without taking it solemnly, and offers an engaging study of the comic spirit which lies at the heart of our shared social and cultural life.

About the Author

Matthew Bevis is a Fellow in English at Keble College, University of Oxford. His publications include Lives of Victorian Literary Figures: Tennyson (Pickering and Chatto, 2003), Some Versions of Empson, ed. (OUP, 2007), and The Art of Eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce (OUP, 2007). He was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for his research in 2007.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. In the beginning...

2. In and out of character

3. Plotting mischief

4. Underdogs

5. Getting physical

6. Taking liberties

7. Beyond a joke

8. Endgames

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199601714
Author:
Bevis, Matthew
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Film, Media, & Performing Arts
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Humor-Comedy Business and Criticism
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 black and white halftones
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
4.4 x 6.7 x 0.5 in 0.288 lb

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Acting
Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Comedy Business and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Reference » General

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