Comedy and critique

Stand-up comedy and the professional ethos of laughter

Author: Smith, Daniel R.

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1529200164

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

View: 6310

Comedy and Critique explores British professional stand-up comedy in the wake of the Alternative Comedy movement of the late twentieth century, seeing it as an extension of the politics of the New Left: standing up for oneself as anti-racist, feminist and open to a queering of self and social institutions. Daniel Smith demonstrates that the comic sensibility pervading contemporary humour is as much ‘speaking truth to power’ as it is realising one’s position ‘in’ power. The professionalisation of New Left humour offers a challenge to social and cultural critique. Stand-up comedy has made us all sociologists of self, identity and cultural power while also resigning us to a place where a comic sensibility becomes an acknowledgment of the necessity of social change.

Comedy and Cultural Critique in American Film

Author: Ryan Bishop

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748677828

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 7184

This book uses large scale social and cultural trends and major world events to analyse the American comedy film.

The Art of Comedy and Social Critique in Nineteenth-century Germany

Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer (1800-1868)

Author: Rinske Van Stipriaan Pritchett

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039102921

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 7553

During the mid-nineteenth century, Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer pursued a fifty-year career as a playwright and theater manager in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland at a time of the transformation of court theaters and itinerant troupes into commercial establishments staffed by middle-class professionals and subject to market forces. Although she has been undervalued by some critics past and present who considered her mainly as an adapter of contemporary novels, this study shows that with her thorough knowledge of the European dramatic tradition, her skill as a playwright, and above all her professionalism she overcame institutional and gender bias to develop a form of drama that integrated the social and economic changes of her time. The analysis focuses on her use of the subversive genre of comedy, the strategies she used to evade the censor, and her employment of assertive female and working-class characters. She revived "commedia dell'arte" techniques of the past while devising innovations that anticipated the subsequent course of drama as well as the film techniques of today.

Tragedy and Comedy

A Systematic Study and a Critique of Hegel

Author: Mark William Roche

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791435465

Category: Philosophy

Page: 450

View: 4668

The first evaluation and critique of Hegel's theory of tragedy and comedy, this book also develops an original theory of both genres.

Ancient Comedy and Reception

Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Henderson

Author: S. Douglas Olson

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 161451125X

Category: History

Page: 1097

View: 1883

This collection provides an overview of the reception history of a major literary genre from Greco-Roman antiquity to the present day. Looking first at Athenian comic poets and comedy in the Roman Empire, the volume goes on to discuss Greco-Roman comedy’s reception throughout the ages. It concludes with a look at the modern era, taking into account literary translations and stage productions as well as modern media such as radio and film.

The Idea of Comedy

History, Theory, Critique

Author: Jan Hokenson

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838640968

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 287

View: 9092

One of the few constants in Western critical though for over two millennia has been the inexhaustible fascination with comedy: what it is and how it works. Yet comedy has eluded every definition. Why have so many of the leading critics and philosophers of the West proposed theories and counter-theories of comedy while often admitting that it enthralls and baffles the mind in equal measure? The Idea of Comedy: A Critique assembles a rich corpus of materials from different languages and eras to construct a history of the commentaries and reflections, the theoretical postulates and conjectures, and the often acrimonious debates about comedy-through the centuries from Plato and Aristotle to our contemporaries. The aim is dual: to situate comic theories in their historical moment, as participants in the wider intellectual currents of their time, and to trace underlying types of consensus and dispute running through different theories and intellectual generations. The book brings into view the full landscape of comic theory as a field of ideas, a terrain of thought extending from antique to recent conceptions.

Social Critique through Comedy - Frances Burney’s "Evelina" and Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice"

Author: N.A

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 365628203X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 19

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Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,7, University of Heidelberg, language: English, abstract: This essay is intended to compare both novels regarding their attempt to criticize patriarchy and conducts of the time by sometimes more and sometimes less obvious means of comedy. It shall be discussed, how both writers gain the attention of the audience towards social critique through their narrative techniques as well as through means of characterization. It is to find that although the narrative styles, as well as the stories, seem different, there are certain features which appear similar or create a similar effect and are used in order to call attention to the civilian inequality between men and women.

Birds, Peace, Wealth

Aristophanes' Critique of the Gods

Author: Aristophanes

Publisher: Paul Dry Books

ISBN: 1589880781

Category: Drama

Page: 223

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THREE PLAYS TRANSLATED BY WAYNE AMBLER AND THOMAS L. PANGLE In these three raucous comedies, mortals outwit and even replace Zeus and other Olympian deities of the Greek Pantheon. As Aristophanes provokes laughter at the foibles of gods and men, he arouses wonder at our human need for the divine. * * * “The three comic heroes in the plays included here raise the questions of whether there are gods, who they might be, how powerful they are, and how they might be changed or eliminated. Although the precise form of such questions changes from age to age, these are questions that are inseparable from political life; and they certainly are powerfully present in our own day . . . great theorists and architects of the modern liberal state designed its contours partly with an eye on the goal of diminishing the role of religion in the public square. Not unlike our three comic heroes, they wanted to reduce dependence on “Zeus” and his priests. In his place, and like our three heroes, they sought peace, wealth, and human rulers liberated from exaggerated piety. And nowadays the so-called New Atheists are pressing the case that it is high time for a final defeat and elimination of the powers of darkness that, in their view, have cost us so much blood and treasure . . . Aristophanes was not a modern liberal; still less would he agree with the New Atheists’ advocacy of universal public atheism. He does, however, put dissatisfaction with the gods at the center of the three plays included here, does bestow victories on the human critics of those gods, and does invite us to think with him about the justice of their causes, the tactics behind their victories, and the limits of their successes.” – From the Introduction

Political Culture and Media Genre

Beyond the News

Author: K. Richardson,K. Parry,J. Corner

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137291273

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

View: 9590

Exploring the forms and meanings of mediated politics beyond the news cycle, this book encompasses genres drawn from television, radio, the press and the internet, assessing their individual and collective contribution to contemporary political culture through textual analysis and thematic review.

The Comedy of Language

Studies in Modern Comic Literature

Author: Fred Miller Robinson

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9780870232978

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 189

View: 496


Comedy and Critical Thought

Laughter As Resistance

Author: Fred Francis,Iain MacKenzie,Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781786604071


Page: 246

View: 6430

First volume to reflect on both the comedy within critical theory and the role of comedians as practitioners of critique.

Critique of Taste

Author: Galvano Della Volpe

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9780860915652

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

View: 7907

Galvano Della Volpe was the dominant philosopher of Italian Marxism for twenty years after the Liberation. His most important book was a work of aesthetic theory—Critique of Taste. Della Volpe, proponent of a robust materialism in all his writings, was concerned to rehabilitate the inherently rational and intellectual nature of art. Opposing both the sociological reductionism of Plekhanov or Lukács, and the formalist irrationalism of Croce or New Criticism, Della Volpe's aim was to demonstrate that conceptual meaning is always inseparable from aesthetic effect. Whether he is discussing Pindar or Góngora, Cleanth Brooks or Roland Barthes, Goethe or Mallarmé, Della Volpe is always challenging, always illuminating. Critique of Taste represents one of the major crossroads of twentieth-century aesthetics.