Comedy and Distinction

The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour

Author: Sam Friedman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135009015

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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This book was shortlisted for the 2015 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. Comedy is currently enjoying unprecedented growth within the British culture industries. Defying the recent economic downturn, it has exploded into a booming billion-pound industry both on TV and on the live circuit. Despite this, academia has either ignored comedy or focused solely on analysing comedians or comic texts. This scholarship tends to assume that through analysing an artist’s intentions or techniques, we can somehow understand what is and what isn’t funny. But this poses a fundamental question – funny to whom? How can we definitively discern how audiences react to comedy? Comedy and Distinction shifts the focus to provide the first ever empirical examination of British comedy taste. Drawing on a large-scale survey and in-depth interviews carried out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the book explores what types of comedy people like (and dislike), what their preferences reveal about their sense of humour, how comedy taste lubricates everyday interaction, and how issues of social class, gender, ethnicity and geographical location interact with patterns of comic taste. Friedman asks: Are some types of comedy valued higher than others in British society? Does more ‘legitimate’ comedy taste act as a tangible resource in social life – a form of cultural capital? What role does humour play in policing class boundaries in contemporary Britain? This book will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, social class, social theory, cultural studies and comedy studies.

Shakespeare's Agonistic Comedy

Poetics, Analysis, Criticism

Author: G. Beiner

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838634677

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 302

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Shakespeare's Agonistic Comedy focuses on one of the three comic strategies deployed and explored by Shakespeare in his comedies from Errors to Twelfth Night: the essentially punitive strategy, which author G. Beiner labels "agonistic," and which is distinguished from the essentially reparative "comedy of love" as well as from the perspective of folly. In one respect, the purpose of this book is to define the characteristics and to map the canon of Shakespeare's agonistic comedy; in other words, to provide a poetics. Such a task has its own importance and preliminary value if fundamental patterns and functions have not been recognized as such in the critical analysis of a body of texts. Part I of Shakespeare's Agonistic Comedy identifies the structural characteristics of the provisionally outlined canon, focuses on apparently borderline cases (Petruchio and Katherina, Benedick and Beatrice, Jaques and Don John, as well as that of Love's Labour's Lost) in order to define the canon more precisely, defines the distinctive perspective generated by agonistic comedy, and examines the thematic and referential patterns that may appear prima facie to be characteristic of this comedy: violence and revenge. Throughout this section dealing with poetics, Beiner emphasizes that agonistic comedy is capable of being self-complete and independent and yet in Shakespearean comedy it never generates an entire play; nor does it appear in every play from Errors to Twelfth Night. A poetics of Shakespeare's agonistic comedy is necessarily related to the wider field of a poetics of Shakespearean comedy, which in turn is related to the even wider area of comic traditions. As the poetics is based on the texts (not derived by deduction or theoretical extension from some principle of poetics), so it is applied as a tool of analysis to the texts and used in conjunction with evaluation. The underlying assumption is that the task of poetics is instrumental, and that its usefulness has to be demonstrated and verified in practice. Hence, the division of the book into two parts. As Part I formulates a poetics on the basis of the texts, so Part II applies the poetics to the major texts - always within the dynamics of the multiple-plot and multi-layered perspective on a play. Part II focuses in detail on The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, and Twelfth Night, analyzing the agons and placing them in relation to the comedy of love and the perspective of folly.

Semiotik, Rhetorik und Soziologie des Lachens

Vergleichende Studien zum Funktionswandel des Lachens vom Mittelalter zur Gegenwart

Author: Lothar Fietz,Joerg O. Fichte,Hans-Werner Ludwig

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110933756

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 385

View: 317

The Thirteenth Blaubeuren Symposium was dedicated to the discussion of the changing face of the ridiculous and the changing functions of laughter since the Middle Ages. The contributions focus on parallels and differences in English, American, German, French, Italian and Spanish literature and on their respective cultural and historical origins.

Isn't That Clever

A Philosophical Account of Humor and Comedy

Author: Steven Gimbel

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351622625


Page: N.A

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Isn't That Clever provides a new account of the nature of humor - the cleverness account - according to which humor is intentional conspicuous acts of playful cleverness. By defining humor in this way, answers can be found to longstanding questions about humor ethics (Are there jokes that are wrong to tell? Are there jokes that can only be told by certain people?) and humor aesthetics (What makes for a good joke? Is humor subjective?). In addition to humor in general, Isn't That Clever asks questions about comedy as an art form such as whether there are limits to what can be said in dealing with a heckler and how do we determine whether one comedian has stolen jokes from another.

Philosophy & Comedy

Aristophanes, Logos, and Erōs

Author: Bernard Freydberg

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253351065

Category: Philosophy

Page: 235

View: 9430

Reveals comedy's contributions to the philosophical enterprise


Badness and Anti-value in Classical Antiquity

Author: Ineke Sluiter,Ralph Mark Rosen

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004166246

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 514

View: 7620

The fourth in a series that explores cultural and ethical values in Classical Antiquity, this volume examines the negative foils, the anti-values, against which positive value notions are conceptualized and calibrated in Classical Antiquity. Eighteen chapters address this theme from different perspectives a "historical, literary, legal and philosophical. What makes someone into a prototypically a ~bada (TM) citizen? Or an abomination of a scholar? What is the relationship between ugliness and value? How do icons of sexual perversion, monstruous emperors and detestable habits function in philosophical and rhetorical prose? The book illuminates the many rhetorical manifestations of the concept of a ~badnessa (TM) in classical antiquity in a variety of domains.

The Secular Scripture and Other Writings on Critical Theory, 1976-1991

Author: Northrop Frye,Joseph Adamson,Jean Wilson

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802039456

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 588

View: 8893

his new edition in the Collected Works of Northrop Frye series brings The Secular Scripture together with thirty shorter pieces pertaining to literary theory and criticism from the last fifteen years of Frye s life."

Dutch Studies

An annual review of the language, literature and life of the Low Countries

Author: P. Brachin,J. Goossens,P. K. King,J. de Rooij

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401175063

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 216

View: 4599

The language of some eighteen million people living at the junction of the two great cultures of western Europe, Romance and Germanic, is now taught by some 262 teachers at I43 universities outside the Netherlands, ineluding Finland, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Czecho slovakia, Portugal, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea. These teachers obviously need to keep in regular and elose touch with the two countries whose culturallife forms the subject of their courses. Yet the first international congress of Dutch teachers abroad did not take place until the early sixties, since when the Colloquium Neerlandicum has become a triennial event, meeting alternately in the Netherlands and Belgium, in The Hague (I96I and I967), Brussels (I964) Ghent (I970) with the fifth Colloquium planned for Leiden in I973. Financial support from the Dutch and Belgian governments enables the majority of European colleagues, and a number of those from other continents, to attend a conference lasting for four or five days and ineluding discussions of the problems involved in teaching Dutch abroad and papers on various aspects of current Dutch studies of interest to those who are working in a certain degree of isolation abroad. At the first Colloquium a Working Committee of Professors and Lecturers in Dutch studies at Universities abroad was set up.

Faulkner's Artistic Vision

The Bizarre and the Terrible

Author: Ryūichi Yamaguchi

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838640142

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 317

View: 6302

"Faulkner's Artistic Vision brings together insights drawn from the novels, from humor theory including Faulkner's own, and from the rich scholarly literature on Faulkner. It proposes an understanding of Faulkner as a writer whose vision encompassed and blended the bizarre and the terrible. As a result, Faulkner's fiction, even at its bleakest, reveals a profound and multivalent sense of humor. And to attend to that humor is to discover still subtler and more mature fictions within even Faulkner's most familiar earlier novels."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Taking Humour Seriously

Author: Mr Jerry Palmer,Jerry Palmer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134851375

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

View: 6771

First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Essays on Conrad

Author: Ian Watt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521783873

Category: Fiction

Page: 214

View: 1033

Ian Watt (1917–99) has long been acknowledged as one of the finest of post-War literary critics. The Rise of the Novel (1957) is still the landmark account of the way in which realist fiction developed in the eighteenth century and Watt's work on Conrad has been enormously influential. Conrad in the Nineteenth Century (1979) was to have been followed by a volume addressing Conrad's later work, but the material for this long-awaited second volume remains in essay form. It is these essays, as Frank Kermode points out in his foreword, which form the nucleus of Essays on Conrad. Watt's own worldview, as well as his insight into Conrad's work, was shaped by his experiences as a prisoner of war on the River Kwai. His personal, and painfully moving, account of these experiences forms part of his famous essay 'The Bridge over the River Kwai as Myth' which completes this essential collection.

Breaking the Fourth Wall

Author: Tom Brown

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748669531

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 188

View: 7901

An examination of the role of direct address within fiction cinema, focusing on its role in avant-garde or experimental cinema, and popular genre traditions.

Cambridge Readings in Dante's Comedy

Author: Kenelm Foster,Patrick Boyde

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521241405

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 213

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The contributors aimed at producing a well-rounded volume that illustrates many facets of Dante's complex art.

A Concept of Dramatic Genre and the Comedy of a New Type

Chess, Literature, and Film

Author: V. Ulea

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809324521

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

View: 6729

Applying systems theory to the comedies of Chekhov, Balzac, Kleist, Moliere, and Shakespeare, A Concept of Dramatic Genre and the Comedy of a New Type: Chess, Literature, and Film approaches dramatic genre from the point of view of the degree of richness and strength of a character’s potential. Its main focus is to establish a methodology for analyzing the potential from multidimensional perspectives, using systems thinking. The whole concept is an alternative to the Aristotelian plot-based approach and is applied to an analysis of western and eastern European authors as well as contemporary American film. This innovative study consists of three parts: The first part is mostly theoretical, proposing a new definition of the dramatic as a category linked to general systems phenomena and offering a new classification of dramatic genre. In the second part, Ulea offers a textual analysis of some works based on this new classification. She analyzes comedies, tragedies, and dramas on the same or similar topics in order to reveal what makes them belong to opposite types of dramatic genre. Additionally, she considers the question of fate and chance, with regard to tragedy and comedy, from the point of view of the predispositioning theory. In the third part, Ulea explores an analysis of the comedy of a new type—CNT. Her emphasis is on the integration of the part and the whole in approaching the protagonist’s potential. She introduces the term quasi-strong potential in order to reveal the illusory strength of protagonists of the CNT and to show the technique of CNT’s analysis and synthesis. Ulea’s research begins with the notion of the comic, traditionally considered synonymous with the laughable, and attempts to approach it as independent from the laughable and laughter. The necessity to do so is dictated by the desire to penetrate the enigmatic nature of Chekhov’s comedy. The result is A Concept of Dramatic Genre and the Comedy of a New Type: Chess, Literature, and Film, a completely new approach to potential and systems thinking—which has never been a focus of dramatic theory before. Such potential is the touchstone of the comic and comedy, their permanent basic characteristic, the heart and axis around which the comedic world spins.

Faulkner and Humor

Author: N.A

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617033841


Page: N.A

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Richardson and Fielding

The Dynamics of a Critical Rivalry

Author: Allen Michie

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838754191

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

View: 848

"Richardson and Fielding: The Dynamics of a Critical Rivalry is the first book-length study of one of literature's most persistent and influential rivalries. Using an adaptation of Hans Jauss's reception theory, it surveys the recurring dichotomies projected onto Richardson and Fielding by all types of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century readers. Even when the rival is not mentioned directly, readers usually make it pointedly clear that one author is being privileged at the other's expense." "Even apart from its serious implications for literary history, the story of the Richardson/Fielding rivalry is a fascinating source of critical passions, prejudices, scholarly irresponsibility, wit, and often surprising interrelations between the literary tastes and cultural environments of the day."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved