Comedy

Comedy offers a concise, accessible guide to the study of Greek and Roman comedy in the light of current scholarship.

Author: N. J. Lowe

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521706092

Category: History

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Comedy offers a concise, accessible guide to the study of Greek and Roman comedy in the light of current scholarship.

The Comedy Bible

Using the hands-on workbook format that was so effective in her bestselling first book, Stand-Up Comedy: The Book, Carter offers a series of day-by-day exercises that draw on her many years as a successful stand-up comic and the head of a ...

Author: Judy Carter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743219020

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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Judy Carter, guru to aspiring comedy writers and stand-up comics, tells all about the biz of being funny and writing funny in this bright, entertaining, and totally practical guide on how to draw humor from your life and turn it into a career. Do you think you’re funny? Do you want to turn your sense of humor into a career? If the answer is yes, then Judy Carter’s The Comedy Bible is for you. The guru to aspiring stand-up comics provides the complete scoop on being—and writing—funny for money. If you’ve got a sense of humor, you can learn to make a career out of comedy, says Judy Carter. Whether it’s creating a killer stand-up act, writing a spec sitcom, or providing jokes for radio or one-liners for greeting cards, Carter provides step-by-step instructions in The Comedy Bible. She helps readers first determine which genre of comedy writing or performing suits them best and then directs them in developing, refining, and selling their work. Using the hands-on workbook format that was so effective in her bestselling first book, Stand-Up Comedy: The Book, Carter offers a series of day-by-day exercises that draw on her many years as a successful stand-up comic and the head of a nationally known comedy school. Also included are practical tips and advice from today’s top comedy professionals—from Bernie Brillstein to Christopher Titus to Richard Lewis. She presents the pros and cons of the various comedy fields—stand-up, script, speech and joke writing, one-person shows, humor essays—and shows how to tailor your material for each. She teaches how to find your “authentic” voice—the true source of comedy. And, perhaps most important, Carter explains how to take a finished product to the next level—making money—by pitching it to a buyer and negotiating a contract. Written in Carter’s unique, take-no-prisoners voice, The Comedy Bible is practical, inspirational, and funny.

Turkish German Muslims and Comedy Entertainment

The first book-length study on the topic to combine close readings of film, television, literary and online comedy, and transnational culture studies, Turkish German Muslims and Comedy Entertainment presents the argument that Turkish German ...

Author: Benjamin Nickl

Publisher: Leuven University Press

ISBN: 9789462702387

Category: Social Science

Page: 217

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Turkish German comedy culture and the lived realities of Turkish Muslims in Germany Comedy entertainment is a powerful arena for serious public engagement with questions of German national identity and Turkish German migration. The German majority society and its largest labour migrant community have been asking for decades what it means to be German and what it means for Turkish Germans, Muslims of the second and third generations, to call Germany their home. Benjamin Nickl examines through the social pragmatics of humour the dynamics that underpin these questions in the still-evolving popular culture space of German mainstream humour in the 21st century. The first book-length study on the topic to combine close readings of film, television, literary and online comedy, and transnational culture studies, Turkish German Muslims and Comedy Entertainment presents the argument that Turkish German humour has moved from margin to mainstream by intervening in cultural incompatibility and Islamophobia discourse. Ebook available in Open Access. This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

Aristophanic Comedy

He succeeded in this effort by making people laugh, and the book pays more attention than has generally been paid to the technical means, whether of language or of situation, on which Aristophanes' humor depends.

Author: K. J. Dover

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520022119

Category: History

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Professor Dover's newest book is designed for those who are interested in the history of comedy as an art form but who are not necessarily familiar with the Greek language. The eleven surviving plays of Aristophanes are treated as representative of a genre. Old Attic Comedy, which was artistically and intellectually homogeneous and gave expression to the spirit of Athenian society in the late fifth and early fourth centuries B.C. Aristophanes is regarded primarily not as a reformer or propagandist but as a dramatist who sought, in competition with his rivals, to win the esteem both of the general public and of the cultivated and critical minority. He succeeded in this effort by making people laugh, and the book pays more attention than has generally been paid to the technical means, whether of language or of situation, on which Aristophanes' humor depends. Particular emphasis is laid on his indifference-positively assisted by the physical limitations of the Greek theatre and the conditions of the Athenian dramatic festivals-to the maintenance of continuous “dramatic illusion” or to the provision of a dramatic event with the antecedents and consequences which might logically be expected. More importance is attached to Aristophanes' adoption of popular attitudes and beliefs, to his creation of uninhibited characters with which the spectators could identify themselves, and to his acceptance of the comic poet's traditional role as a mordant but jocular critic of morals, than to any identifiable and consistent elements in his political standpoint.

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy

This is an introduction to Shakespeare's comedies and romances. Rather than taking each play in isolation, the chapters trace recurring issues, suggesting both the continuity and the variety of Shakespeare's practice.

Author: Alexander Leggatt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521779421

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 237

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Pt. 1:Shakespeare and comic tradition --Theories of comedy /David Galbraith --Roman comedy /Robert S. Miola --Italian stories on the stage /Louise George Clubb --Elizabethan comedy /Janette Dillon --Popular festivity /François Laroque --pt. 2:Shakespearean comedy --Forms of confusion /John Creaser --Love and courtship /Catherine Bates --Laughing at "others" /Edward Berry --Comedy and sex /Alexander Leggatt --Language and comedy /Lynne Magnusson --Sexual disguise and the theatre of gender /Barbara Hodgdon --Matters of state /Anthony Miller --The experiment of romance /Michael O'Connell.

The Divine Comedy Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with an Introduction by Henry Francis Cary

This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper, is translated into English verse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and includes an introduction by Henry Francis Cary.

Author: Dante Alighieri

Publisher: Digireads.com

ISBN: 1420951661

Category: Fiction

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Dante Alighieri was born in Florence, Italy in the middle of the 13th century and what is principally known of him comes from his own writings. One of the world's great literary masterpieces, the "Divine Comedy" is at its heart an allegorical tale regarding man's search for divinity. The work is divided into three sections, "Inferno," "Purgatorio," and "Paradiso," each containing thirty-three cantos. It is the narrative of a journey down through Hell, up the mountain of Purgatory, and through the revolving heavens into the presence of God. In this aspect it belongs to the two familiar medieval literary types of the Journey and the Vision, however Dante intended the work to be more than just simple allegory, layering the narrative with rich historical, moral, political, literal, and anagogical context. In order for the work to be more accessible to the common readers of his day, Dante wrote in the Italian language. This was an uncommon practice at the time for serious literary works, which would traditionally be written in Latin. One of the truly great compositions of all time, the "Divine Comedy" has inspired and influenced readers ever since its original creation. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper, is translated into English verse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and includes an introduction by Henry Francis Cary.

The Divine Comedy

A powerful work of art that has stood the test of time. This is the brilliant Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation that placed Dante in his proper place in the English speaking world.

Author: Dante Alighieri

Publisher:

ISBN: 1617202207

Category: Poetry

Page: 498

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The Divine Comedy is a first person narration of Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven; but at a deeper level it represents allegorically the soul's journey towards God. At this deeper level, Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy. A powerful work of art that has stood the test of time. This is the brilliant Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation that placed Dante in his proper place in the English speaking world.

The Comedy of Errors

The authoritative edition of The Comedy of Errors from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -The exact text of the printed book for easy cross-reference ...

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781501126567

Category: Drama

Page: 272

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Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors is the slapstick farce of his youth. In it, the lost twin sons of the old merchant Egeon—both named Antipholus—find themselves in Ephesus, without either one even knowing of the other’s existence. Meanwhile, Egeon has arrived in search of the son he thinks is still alive—and has been sentenced to death for the “crime” of being from Syracuse. To add to the confusion, the two Antipholuses have twin servants, both named Dromio. As the four men unwittingly encounter each other, the play is crammed with wildly escalating misunderstandings before the truth emerges and Egeon is pardoned. Shakespeare bases his story on Plautus’s Menaechmi, a play about identical twins who accidentally meet after a lifetime apart. He borrows from another Plautus play by having Adriana, the wife of one Antipholus, entertain the other. The spirited Adriana often gives speeches evoking strong emotions—as do other characters at times. Even here, Shakespeare suggests complexities beyond the farce. The authoritative edition of The Comedy of Errors from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -The exact text of the printed book for easy cross-reference -Hundreds of hypertext links for instant navigation -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Full explanatory notes conveniently linked to the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An annotated guide to further reading Essay by Arthur F. Kinney The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.

Meaning in Comedy

Although successive audiences have found these works delightful, critics at times regard them as rather trivial.

Author: John S. Weld

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438423814

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 255

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The festive Elizabethan comedies constitute a unique and dazzling drama, yet they have seldom been studied as a genre, and, except for Shakespeare’s plays, they are seldom interpreted. Although successive audiences have found these works delightful, critics at times regard them as rather trivial. Professor Weld’s book, which is based upon a challenging new view of sixteenth-century dramaturgy, results in a new understanding of the plays, and reveals in them a surprising profundity. These interludes and moralities are seen, not as crude transitional dramas of simplistic didacticism and confused technique, but as theatrically vital plays which are both technically sophisticated and semantically complex. The author defines the dramatic meaning he seeks as the Renaissance audience’s understanding of the play, and offers an operational definition of that audience in terms of its knowledge and training. He explores the late medieval use of dramatic metaphor as a device for conveying meaning and shows how during the sixteenth century this device gave rise to a complex linguistic tradition, one from which the late Elizabethan and Jacobean genres developed. Not the least of these genres is “romantic comedy,” a concept that Professor Weld expands considerably. Using common ideas of the time as conceptual tools for interpretation, he demonstrates a generic grouping which includes plays as superficially diverse as Lyly’s Mother Bombie, Greene’s Friar Bacon, and The Taming of the Shrew. They are linked by certain dramatic metaphors, by philosophical assumptions, and by their common concern to find a modus vivendi with the “absurd flesh.” Our understanding of these romantic comedies has been blurred by the accumulated scholarly traditions and changing acting styles of the last 350 years. In order to discover a clear view of this dramatic form as it was understood by the Elizabethan audience, Professor Weld (who himself has had acting and directing experience) takes factors into account such as the playwrights’ actual directions for performance (when such can be found), in order to study the communication of meaning from the Elizabethan playwright to his contemporary and varied audience. While to us, for instance, Hamlet might exemplify the Oedipus Complex and The Comedy of Errors a search for identity and the failure of communication, such “meanings” are by no means those assumed by the intelligent and educated Elizabethan playgoer. In Part I Professor Weld examines the dramatic traditions with which the audiences of Lyly, Greene, and Shakespeare had been familiar, while in Part II he interprets the comedies themselves. Since all of the dramatic kinds used much the same techniques and were concerned with many of the same themes, the book is also an introduction to the understanding of tragedy, history, and—especially—dramatic satire.

Comedy A Very Short Introduction

With a broad scope across the millennia, from high literature to popular culture, between page and stage and screen, this Very Short Introduction considers comedy not only as a literary genre, but also as a broader impulse at work in many ...

Author: Matthew Bevis

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780199601714

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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With a broad scope across the millennia, from high literature to popular culture, between page and stage and screen, this Very Short Introduction considers comedy not only as a literary genre, but also as a broader impulse at work in many other historical and contemporary forms of satire, parody, and play.

Comedy

According to a point of view with which I disagree , the close relation of these stock characters to contemporary life illustrates the conservative nature of Jacobean comedy , perhaps of all good comedy .

Author: Maurice Charney

Publisher: New York : New York Literary Forum

ISBN: UOM:39015000643406

Category: Comedy.

Page: 322

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Tyranny and comedy / Daniel Gerould -- Black humor: to weep with laughing / Mathew Winston -- From Pyrrhonic to Vomedic irony / Morton Gurewitch -- Physical deformity and chivalric laughter in Renaissance England / John J. O'Connor -- Jacobean comedy and the acquisitive grasp / Malcolm Kiniry -- Hegel's theory of comedy / Anne Paolucci -- Smiles and laughter: some neurologic, developmental, and psychodynamic considerations / Herbert J. Levowitz -- Humor's devaluations in a modern idiom: the Don Juan plays of Shaw, Frisch, and Montherlant / Margaret Ganz -- The season of Twelfth Night / Ralph Berry -- Comic premises of Twelfth Night / Maurice Charney -- The sweetest rose: As You Like It as comedy of reconciliation / Charles Frey -- Travesties and the importance of being Stoppard / Coppélia Kahn -- Clearings in the jungle of life: the comedies of S.N. Behrman / Cyrus Hoy -- Candy in context / William Walling -- A pratfall can be a beautiful thing / B.H. Fussell -- Superheterodyne: radio comedy of the thirties / Don Wiener -- The reporter as comic writer: A.J. Liebling / Elmer M. Blistein -- Georges Feydeau's Hortense Said, "No Skin Off My Ass!" translated with an introduction / Norman R. Shaprio.

The Broken Jug

A new translation of Kleist’s only comedy.

Author: Heinrich von Kleist

Publisher: Gegensatz Press

ISBN: 9781621307587

Category: Humor

Page: 87

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A new translation of Kleist’s only comedy.

Dante The Divine Comedy

Auerbach , too , is able to locate the Comedy against other features of the Medieval background , without ever losing a sense of critical urgency or an understanding of Dante's prevailing value as a poet .

Author: Robin Kirkpatrick

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521539943

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 118

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A detailed study of the Italian poet explores Dante's renowned narrative poem, discussing the relationship the poet believed to exist between God as creator of the universe and the human being as a creation of God.

The Immortal Comedy

The discerning combination of Heller's individual taste for the pantheon of comedic work and, also, what critics may consider 'less significant' work gives this book a character apart from all others.

Author: Agnes Heller

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739156247

Category: Art

Page: 240

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Immortal Comedy is the first book to 'think' philosophically about the comic phenomenon in general. Although author Agnes Heller had written a book that is both deeply scholarly and meditative on the subject of the comic form in film, literature, and life her writing is eminently approachable. In both its subject and style, Immortal Comedy is a seminal book. In it, Heller takes us on a journey through theories of comedy beginning with classical thought. She then detours through foundational political thinkers who refer to, for instance, laughter and power. We are also introduced to modern systematic approaches to thinking comedy, psychological approaches, and existential approaches. The discerning combination of Heller's individual taste for the pantheon of comedic work and, also, what critics may consider 'less significant' work gives this book a character apart from all others. It is the detail with which Heller makes her discussion, how and where she locates 'the comic,' and probably most significantly her discussion of comedy and our own lives that makes Immortal Comedy a principal book for the entire range of humanities scholars and enthusiasts.

Ladies and Hussars Comedy in Three Acts

An amusing and charming comedy by one of the greatest of 19th century French dramatists. 4 men, 1 woman. Price 35 cents. The Two Cowards. (Les deux Timides). A comedy in 1 act. By Labiche. A very amusing and human little comedy, ...

Author: Aleksander Fredro

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015030580735

Category:

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Feminine Discourse in Roman Comedy

INTRODUCTION So far I have argued that linguistic impersonations of women in comedy are best understood in light of beliefs about 'woman' and her 'nature', and concluded that Roman comedy construes feminine discourses of pain and ...

Author: Dorota M. Dutsch

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191559860

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 294

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As literature written in Latin has almost no female authors, we are dependent on male writers for some understanding of the way women would have spoken. Plautus (3rd to 2nd century BCE) and Terence (2nd century BCE) consistently write particular linguistic features into the lines spoken by their female characters: endearments, soft speech, and incoherent focus on numerous small problems. Dorota M. Dutsch describes the construction of this feminine idiom and asks whether it should be considered as evidence of how Roman women actually spoke.

The Divine Comedy

Dante and his guides, Virgil and Beatrice, journey through the cantos in an allegory of the passage of the soul through the Afterlife, with the subtle engraving of Doré’s illustrations perfectly complementing the movement from darkness ...

Author: Dante Alighieri

Publisher: Gothic Fantasy

ISBN: 1786648113

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Dante's masterpiece of literature is well matched by the peerless art of Gustave Doré. Dante and his guides, Virgil and Beatrice, journey through the cantos in an allegory of the passage of the soul through the Afterlife, with the subtle engraving of Doré's illustrations perfectly complementing the movement from darkness through to light.

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors Comedy . From the Shakespeare classic . Adapted by Robert M. Singleton . Cast : 11m . , 5w . , 15 with doubling . The essentials which make this one of Shakespeare's most delightful comedies have all been included .

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Dramatic Publishing

ISBN: 0871295334

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"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart) The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged. Each volume features: * Authoritative, reliable texts * High quality introductions and notes * New, more readable trade trim size * An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts

Comedy

Brought together in this volume are two classic studies of the nature of laughter and comedy.

Author: Henri Bergson

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: 9780307830777

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Henri Bergson — Laughter George Meredith — An Essay on Comedy Introduction & Appendix on The Meanings of Comedy by Wylie Sypher Laughter is a mystery—a mystery which defines man. Brought together in this volume are two classic studies of the nature of laughter and comedy. The great French philosopher Henri Bergson develops, in "Laughter," a profound psychological and philisophic theory of the main springs of comedy—a theory closely related to the doctrine of the élan vital. In his "Essay on Comedy," the English novelist George Meredith discusses the varieties of the comic experience and the social and moral function of comedy. Together these two major theories go far toward clarifying the mystery of laughter. Wylie Sypher, in his richly documented supplementary essay, places the views of Bergson and Meredith in a large context of speculation on the nature of comedy. The essay reviews important statements of such thinkers as Aristotle, Hobbes, Baudelaire, Freud, Cornford, and others. It serves to give further significance to Bergson and Meredith and to the meaning of comedy itself.

Roman Comedy

None of these features is uncommon in the corpus of ancient comedy, but in the case of the Truculentus, Dessen observes, "instead of having occasional satiric moments, the entire play satirizes the courtesan's excessive power over her ...

Author: David Konstan

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015005097566

Category: Latin drama (Comedy)

Page: 182

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This book explores the social institutions, the prevailing social values, and the ideology of the ancient city-state as revealed in Roman Comedy. "The very essence of comedy is social," writes David Konstan, "and in the complex movement of its plots we may be able to discern the lineaments and contradictions of the reigning ideas of an age." David Konstan looks closely at eight plays: Plautus's Aulularia, Asinaria, Captivi, Rudens, Cistellaria, and Truculentus, and Terence's Phormio and Hecyra. Offering new interpretations of each, he develops a "typology of plot forms" by analyzing structural features and patterns of conventional behavior in the plays, and he relates the results of his literary analysis to contemporary social conditions. He argues that the plays address tensions that were potentially disruptive to the ancient city-state, and that they tended to resolve these tensions in ways that affirmed traditional values. Roman Comedy is an innovative and challenging book that will be welcomed by students of classical literature, ancient social history, the history of the theater, and comedy as a genre.