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Comedy : A Very Short Introduction - Matthew Bevis

Comedy

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 20th December 2012
ISBN: 9780199601714
Number Of Pages: 168

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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 SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Insightful, witty and impressively wide-ranging throughout * Times Literary Supplement *
Bevis shows there's no iron rule that a book on comedy can't be entertaining * Independent i *

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

ISBN: 9780199601714
ISBN-10: 0199601712
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 20th December 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 12.1 x 17.4  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.13

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