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The Cambridge Introduction to Comedy

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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521832601

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  • 'Laughter', says Eric Weitz, 'may be considered one of the most extravagant physical effects one person can have on another without touching them'. But how do we identify something which is meant to be comic, what defines something as 'comedy', and what does this mean for the way we enter the world of a comic text? Addressing these issues, and many more, this is a 'how to' guide to reading comedy from the pages of a dramatic text, with relevance to anything from novels and newspaper columns to billboards and emails. The book enables you to enhance your grasp of the comic through familiarity with characteristic structures and patterns, referring to comedy in literature, film and television throughout. Perfect for drama and literature students, this Introduction explores a genre which affects the everyday lives of us all, and will therefore also capture the interest of anyone who loves to laugh.

    • Investigates the origins of comedy to trace patterns which remain relevant today, with reference to examples from literature, drama, film and television
    • Includes questions and suggestions for further thought, discussion and experimentation, encouraging the reader to reflect on existing perceptions and new concepts
    • Concentrates directly on the process of reading a comic text, enhancing familiarity with the genre
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    Awards

    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521832601
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction: Thinking about comedy
    1. Reading comedy
    2. Comedy's foundations
    3. Comedy's devices
    4. Comedy in the flesh
    5. Comedy's range
    6. Comedy and society
    Further reading.

  • Author

    Eric Weitz, Trinity College, Dublin
    Eric Weitz is Lecturer in Drama Studies at the School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin.

    Awards

    • Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009

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