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Laughing matters : understanding film, television and radio comedy

Author: John Mundy; Glyn White
Publisher: Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, [2012] ©2012
Series: JSTOR EBA.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Laughing Matters takes an analytic approach to film, television and radio comedy and provides an accessible overview of its forms and contexts. The introduction explains the value of studying comedy, concisely outlines the approach taken and summarises the relevant theories. The subsequent chapters are divided into two parts. The first part examines the specific forms comedy has taken as a constant and key element  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mundy, John.
Laughing matters.
Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, c2012
(OCoLC)798615473
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Mundy; Glyn White
ISBN: 9781526130525 1526130521
OCLC Number: 1006616730
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 279 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. Silent film comedy --
2. Early sound film comedy --
3. The romantic comedy film --
4. Radio comedy --
5. Television comedy --
6. Comedy and genre boundaries --
7. Animated comedy --
8. Comedy, gender and sexuality --
9. Comedy and cultural value : from bad taste to gross-out --
10. Comedy, race and ethnicity --
Conclusion: 'You had to be there' --
Appendix : Writing an undergraduate essay about comedy in film, television or radio.
Series Title: JSTOR EBA.
Responsibility: John Mundy and Glyn White.

Abstract:

"Laughing Matters takes an analytic approach to film, television and radio comedy and provides an accessible overview of its forms and contexts. The introduction explains the value of studying comedy, concisely outlines the approach taken and summarises the relevant theories. The subsequent chapters are divided into two parts. The first part examines the specific forms comedy has taken as a constant and key element in film and broadcast comedy from their origins to the present. The second part shows how the genre gravitates towards contentious issues in British and American culture as it finds humour in the boundaries of class, gender, sexuality, race and logic. The authors cover silent cinema comedy including Chaplin, Lloyd and Keaton, sound film comedies including the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy, Romantic film comedy, radio, television situation and sketch comedy, comedy and genre (including parody and spoof), animations from cartoons to CGI, issues of gender and sexuality from drag comedy to queer reading, issues of taste and humour from Carry On to contemporary 'gross-out', and issues of race and ethnicity including a case study of African-American screen comedy. Numerous opportunities for following up are highlighted and advice on further reading, writing academically about comedy and an extensive bibliography add to the value of this textbook."--

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