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Author: Andrew Stott
Publisher: New York ; London : Routledge, 2005.
Series: New critical idiom.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"What is comedy? Andrew Stott traces changing definitions of the term from Aristotle to Chris Morris's Brass Eye via Oscar Wilde and Some Like It Hot. This book provides readers with the ideal critical introduction to the irrepressible genre of comedy."--Jacket.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Stott, Andrew, 1969-
New York ; London : Routledge, 2005
(DLC) 2004010093
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Stott
ISBN: 0203312120 9780203312124 9780415299336 0415299330 9780415299329 0415299322 6610168121 9786610168125 9781134424054 1134424051 9781134424092 1134424094 9781280168123 1280168129
OCLC Number: 229924385
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 168 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Comedy in the academy. Plato and Aristotle ; Genre trouble ; Fertility and the 'élan vital' : Cornford, Bergson, Langer ; Springtime and festival : Frye and Barber ; Carnival and the marketplace : Bakhtin and the new historicism --
Comic Identity. Stereotypes ; Clowns, fools, and folly ; Tricksters ; Wit, camp, and bathos : Congreve, Wilde, Hancock --
Gender and sexuality. Cross-dressing : As you like it and Some like it hot ; Drag and Transvestism ; Marriage --
The Body. Beauty and abjection ; The grotesque ; Slapstick ; The female body --
Politics. Comedy and the state : Frogs and Brass eye ; Satire ; 'Alternative' comedy : Comedians and comedians ; The end of laughter? : three Holocaust comedies --
Laughter. Christian laughter ; Superiority and incongruity theories ; Relief theory : Freud and Spencer ; Poststructuralist laughters.
Series Title: New critical idiom.
Responsibility: Andrew Stott.
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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  Read more...


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