Comedy Developments in Criticism

This volume is a companion to the Casebook on Tragedy. It presents critical statements relating to Comedy - its nature and different forms - ranging from classical times to the present day.

Author: D. J. Palmer

Publisher: Red Globe Press

ISBN: 9780333269022

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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This volume is a companion to the Casebook on Tragedy. It presents critical statements relating to Comedy - its nature and different forms - ranging from classical times to the present day. Its main concern is with Comedy as a literary genre (notably in the drama but with reference also to fictional narrative) rather than witn psychological theories of laughter. The Editor's Introduction surveys the different traditions and developments of the genre.

New Tragedy and Comedy in France 1945 1970

Tragedy : Developments in Criticism ( London : Macmillan , 1980 ) p . 12 . N. Frye , Anatomy of Criticism : Four Essays ( Princeton , New Jersey : Princeton University Press , 1957 ) . The author distinguishes , for example , between ...

Author: Peter Norrish

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0389207462

Category: Drama

Page: 180

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Contents: Introduction: New Tragedy and Comedy; The Background: From^R La Machine infernale to Huis clos; More Sartre and Camus: Drama, Tragedy and Philosophy; Henry de Montherlant: Tragedy and Morality; Samuel Beckett: New Tragedy; EugÈne Ionesco: New Comedy; Arthur Adamov: Black Satire, Dreams and Politics; Jean Genet: Tragic Masquerades; Fernando Arrabal: Tragic Farce; Conclusion: The Death of Comody?; Select Bibliography; Index

Reader s Guide to Literature in English

... 1978 Nelson, T.G.A., Comedy: An Introduction to Comedy in Literature, Drama and Cinema, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1990 Palmer, D.J. (ed.), Comedy: Developments in Criticism, London: Macmillan London, ...

Author: Mark Hawkins-Dady

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135314170

Category: Reference

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Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.


Charney, Maurice (1978), Comedy High and Low: An Introduction to the Experience of Comedy, New York: Oxford University Press. Cicero (1984), 'On the Orator's Use of Laughter', in Comedy: Developments in Criticism, ed.

Author: Andrew Stott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134424108

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Rather than attempting to produce a totalising definition of 'the comic', this volume focuses on the significance of comic 'events' through study of various theoretical methodologies, including deconstruction, psychoanalysis and gender theory.

The Comedian as Critic

The Origins of Criticism.166 It just depends on one's identification of the crucial period of time in question. ... than ever that the place of fifth-century comedy within the development of literary criticism needs to be re-evaluated.

Author: Matthew Wright

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781780933467

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Some of the best evidence for the early development of literary criticism before Plato and Aristotle comes from Athenian Old Comedy. Playwrights such as Eupolis, Cratinus, Aristophanes and others wrote numerous comedies on literary themes, commented on their own poetry and that of their rivals, and played around with ideas and theories from the contemporary intellectual scene. How can we make use of the evidence of comedy? Why were the comic poets so preoccupied with questions of poetics? What criteria emerge from comedy for the evaluation of literature? What do the ancient comedians' jokes say about their own literary tastes and those of their audience? How do different types of readers in antiquity evaluate texts, and what are the similarities and differences between 'popular' and 'professional' literary criticism? Does Greek comedy have anything serious to say about the authors and texts it criticizes? How can the comedians be related to the later literary-critical tradition represented by Plato, Aristotle and subsequent writers? This book attempts to answer these questions by examining comedy in its social and intellectual context, and by using approaches from modern literary theory to cast light on the ancient material.

Hollywood romantic comedy

(1982) Kinds of Literature: An Introduction to the Theory of Genres and Modes. Oxford: Clarendon Press Freud, ... (1965) A Natural Perspective: The Development of Shakespearean Comedy and Romance. ... Comedy: Developments in Criticism.

Author: Kathrina Glitre

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781847796226

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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This book explores the changing representation of the couple, focusing on themes of marriage, equality and desire. Kathrina Glitre moves beyond the usual screwball territory to consider cycles of production from 1934-65. The central concern with the representation of the couple is distinctive and includes discussion of three star couples: Myrna Loy and William Powell, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Glitre offers explanations of genre, as well as detailed analysis of screwball comedy, career woman comedy and sex comedy. Each cycle is placed into context to analyse cultural discourses around heterosexuality, gender, romance and love. This structure also enables a more sophisticated understanding of such conventions as masquerade, gender inversion and the happy ending. The book will appeal to university students and academics working on genre, gender, culture and representation, and anyone with a keen interest in Hollywood romantic comedy.

New Tragedy and Comedy in France 1945 70

L'Avant-garde théâtrale: French Theatre since 1950 (New York: University Press, 1975). 3. R.P. Draper (ed.), Tragedy: Developments in Criticism (London: Macmillan, 1980) p. 12. 4. N. Frye, Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays (Princeton, ...

Author: Peter Norrish

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349067800

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 156

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This is a study about the reshaping of tragedy and comedy in serious French drama in the quarter century following World War II. It offers an introduction to the most important plays of the period, which include those of Sartre, Arrabal, Beckett, Ionesco, Camus, Montherlant, Adamov and Genet.

The Cambridge Introduction to Comedy

Comedy: Developments in Criticism (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1984), pp. 103–14 Douglas, Mary, Implicit Meanings (London: Routledgeand Kegan Paul, 1975) Dubrow, Heather, Genre: The Critical Idiom (London: Methuen, 1982) Duckworth,George E.

Author: Eric Weitz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316154281

Category: Drama


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'Laughter', says Eric Weitz, 'may be considered one of the most extravagant physical effects one person can have on another without touching them'. But how do we identify something which is meant to be comic, what defines something as 'comedy', and what does this mean for the way we enter the world of a comic text? Addressing these issues, and many more, this is a 'how to' guide to reading comedy from the pages of a dramatic text, with relevance to anything from novels and newspaper columns to billboards and emails. The book enables you to enhance your grasp of the comic through familiarity with characteristic structures and patterns, referring to comedy in literature, film and television throughout. Perfect for drama and literature students, this Introduction explores a genre which affects the everyday lives of us all, and will therefore also capture the interest of anyone who loves to laugh.

Comedy Acting for Theatre

Northrop Frye, “The Argument of Comedy,” in Comedy: Developments in Criticism, ed. David J. Palmer (London: Macmillan, 1984), 78–9, cited in Purdie, Comedy, 153. For more on the catharsis of comedy, see Aristotle, Poetics, in Criticism: ...

Author: Sidney Homan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350012783

Category: Drama

Page: 208

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Analysing why we laugh and what we laugh at, and describing how performers can elicit this response from their audience, this book enables actors to create memorable – and hilarious – performances. Rooted in performance and performance criticism, Sidney Homan and Brian Rhinehart provide a detailed explanation of how comedy works, along with advice on how to communicate comedy from the point of view of both the performer and the audience. Combining theory and performance, the authors analyse a variety of plays, both modern and classic. Playwrights featured include Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Christopher Durang, and Michael Frayn. Acting in Shakespeare's comedies is also covered in depth.