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Comedy Matters

Comedy Matters

by William W. Demastes
     
 

Comedy Matters traces the long tradition of the expansive comic embrace of cultural difference and diversity that manages to survive even in some of mankind's darkest moments. Demastes argues that comedy has a hard-nosed, pragmatic dimension that can be mobilized against belligerent cultural forces. Drawing from the works of Shakespeare, Stoppard, and a number of

Overview

Comedy Matters traces the long tradition of the expansive comic embrace of cultural difference and diversity that manages to survive even in some of mankind's darkest moments. Demastes argues that comedy has a hard-nosed, pragmatic dimension that can be mobilized against belligerent cultural forces. Drawing from the works of Shakespeare, Stoppard, and a number of other comic masters, Comedy Matters demonstrates how comedy continues to work against cultural regimentation by striving to recalibrate our decision-making processes and challenging the stultifying rigidity of human economy in the broadest sense of the term.

About the Author:
William W. Demastes is Professor of English, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

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From the Publisher

"Demastes' study is a thoughtful, cogent, and, ultimately, very useful consideration of comedy, an oft overlooked and certainly under theorized genre of dramatic literature . . ..that it is simultaneously theoretically perceptive and lucid. The study could well be viewed as an example of contemporary theatre scholarship at its best." - Jonathan Chambers, Bowling Green State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230264441
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/13/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
286 KB

Meet the Author

William W. Demastes is Professor of English, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He is the author of numerous articles and books on theatre and drama, including Staging Consciousness, Theatre of Chaos, Beyond Naturalism, and Interrogating America through Theatre and Performance, co-edited with Iris Smith Fischer.

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