Comedy: A Geographic and Historical Guide (Two Volume Set)

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Overview

Comedy is a fundamental part of the human experience. Collecting the work of today's leading scholars, Maurice Charney presents 40 essays on the many forms that comedy has taken throughout history. Ranging from the comic plays of ancient times to Renaissance and Restoration comedies, from Commedia dell'Arte to stand-up performers, from trickster tales to television sitcoms, these surveys trace the evolution of the comic genre. Chapters on geographically based traditions (American regional humor, Irish comedy, Spanish comedy, etc.) contribute a multicultural understanding, while essays on such topics as Irony, Satire, and the Comedy of Philosophy examine the theoretical aspects of comedy. A glossary for important figures and terms will be of added value to readers of this wonderfully eclectic collection.

Comedy is a fundamental part of the human experience. Collecting the work of today's leading scholars, Maurice Charney presents 40 essays on the many forms that comedy has taken throughout history. Ranging from the comic plays of ancient times to Renaissance and Restoration comedies, from Commedia dell'Arte to stand-up performers, from trickster tales to television sitcoms, these surveys trace the evolution of the comic genre. Chapters on geographically based traditions (American regional humor, Irish comedy, Spanish comedy, etc.) contribute a multicultural understanding, while essays on such topics as Irony, Satire, and the Comedy of Philosophy examine the theoretical aspects of comedy. A glossary for important figures and terms adds even more to this wonderfully eclectic collection.

Editor Maurice Charney brings his lifetime of scholarship on comedy and drama to these volumes, which collect new essays from today's leading scholars on the subject of comedy in its many forms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313327063
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2005
  • Edition description: Two Volume Set
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 1.98 (d)

Meet the Author

MAURICE CHARNEY is Professor of English at Rutgers University and the author of several books on the history and theory of comedy, including Comedy High and Low. A former president of the Shakespeare Association of America, Charney has authored All of Shakespeare, How to Read Shakespeare, and Shakespeare on Love & Lust.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Volume I

Academic Humor by Paul Schlueter

African-American Comedians by Frank J. Miles

African-American Humor by John W. Lowe

African Film Comedy by Carina Yervasi

American Drama Since 1975 by Richard Brucher

American Film by Leo Charney

American Jewish Humor by James D. Bloom

American Literature in the Nineteenth Century by Susan Welsh

American Political Cartoons and Comics by Kalman Goldstein

Animation by Kirsten Thompson

Arthurian Romance by Andrew Welsh

Black Comedy by Benjamin Nathan Schachtman

British Contemporary Comedy by David Hawkes

Canadian Comedy by Gerald Lynch

Children's Humor by Kathryn Douglas

Commedia dell' Arte by Frances K. Barasch

English Comedy, Elizabethan and Jacobean, Naomi Conn Liebler

English Comedy, Restoration and Augustan, John Richetti

English Comedy, Victorian, by Heather L. Braun

Volume II

Farce by Norman R. Shapiro

French Contemporary Comedy by Alyson Waters

French Drama in the 17th Century by Philip Koch

German Comedy by Bettina Brandt

Greek Comedy by Mary C. English

Irish Comedy by James M. Cahalan

Irony by Don L. F. Nilsen and Alleen Pace Nilsen

Italian Comedy by Nina da Vinci Nichols

Middle English Comedy by Andrew Welsh

Native American Trickster Tales by Arnold Krupat

The Philosophy of Humor by Adrian Bardon

Queer Comedy by Ken Feil

Roman Comedy by Maurice Charney

The Romantic Period by William Galperin

Satire by Harry Keyishian

Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances by Margaret Mikesell

Spanish Comedy by Nina Gerassi-Navarro and Raquel Medina-Banon

Stand Up Comedy by Lawrence E. Mintz

Television Sitcoms by Leo Charney

Glossary

About the Editor andAuthors

Index

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