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Comedy Matters : From Shakespeare to Stoppard - William W. Demastes

Comedy Matters

From Shakespeare to Stoppard

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Published: 1st May 2008
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"Comedy Matters" traces the long tradition of the expansive comic embrace of cultural difference and diversity that manages to survive even in some of mankind's darkest moments. Demastes argues that comedy has a hard-nosed, pragmatic dimension that can be mobilized against belligerent cultural forces. Drawing from the works of Shakespeare, Stoppard, and a number of other comic masters, "Comedy Matters" demonstrates how comedy continues to work against cultural regimentation by striving to re-calibrate our decision-making processes and challenging the stultifying rigidity of human economy in the broadest sense of the term.

"Demastes' study is a thoughtful, cogent, and, ultimately, very useful consideration of comedy, an oft overlooked and certainly under theorized genre of dramatic literature . . ..that it is simultaneously theoretically perceptive and lucid. The study could well be viewed as an example of contemporary theatre scholarship at its best." - Jonathan Chambers, Bowling Green State University

Introduction: Into the Twenty-first Centuryp. 1
The Organics of Comedyp. 11
On the Razor's Edge: Between Comedy and Tragedyp. 29
Connecting Mind to Bodyp. 53
More than Matter Mattersp. 85
The Orderly Disorder of Comic Vitality and Its Liberating Potentialp. 103
Comedy as Giftp. 127
Comedy Confronts Commodity via the Adaptive Unconsciousp. 153
Conclusion: Things Could Be Better, Things Could Be Worsep. 179
Notesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780230604711
ISBN-10: 0230604714
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 203
Published: 1st May 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1