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The Catharsis of Comedy (Greek Studies)
     

The Catharsis of Comedy (Greek Studies)

by Dana F. Sutton
 

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Comedy criticism has lacked a theoretical underpinning both to facilitate the work of interpretation and to generate a satisfactory mode of discourse. In The Catharsis of Comedy, Dana F. Sutton takes the initial steps toward the creation of a comprehensive theory that embraces a number of theoretical constructs and analytical techniques. Sutton begins with an

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Comedy criticism has lacked a theoretical underpinning both to facilitate the work of interpretation and to generate a satisfactory mode of discourse. In The Catharsis of Comedy, Dana F. Sutton takes the initial steps toward the creation of a comprehensive theory that embraces a number of theoretical constructs and analytical techniques. Sutton begins with an examination of the ideas of such thinkers as Aristotle, Herbert Spencer, Sigmund Freud, and Krishna Menon. Once the workings of comic catharsis are described, Sutton relates his new theory to other theories of comedy and humor, including the ideas of festival comedy set forth by Barber and Bakhtin, Lionel Abel's metatheater, and Konrad Lorenz's suggestion that humor originated in primate expressions of hostility. The result is a theory of enormous potential for the analysis of specific comedies, coupled with the creation of a vocabulary with which analytical discoveries can be discussed.

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Journal Of Aesthetic Education
At its best, the book has a clear and functional account of the relationship of psychology and comedy.
— Ronald Berman, University of California
Journal Of Aesthetic Education - Ronald Berman
At its best, the book has a clear and functional account of the relationship of psychology and comedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847679058
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/07/1994
Series:
Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Dana F. Sutton is Professor and Chair of Classics at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Self and Society in Aristophanes and The War of the Generations in Ancient Comedy.

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