Slapstick and Comic Performance: Comedy and Pain

Slapstick and Comic Performance: Comedy and Pain

by L. Peacock


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Slapstick and Comic Performance: Comedy and Pain by L. Peacock

Slapstick comedy has a long and lively history from Greek Theatre to the present day. This book explores the ways in which comic pain and comic violence are performed within slapstick to make the audience laugh. It draws examples from theatre, television and film on both sides of the Atlantic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230364134
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 07/18/2014
Edition description: 2014
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Louise Peacock is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Practice at the University of Hull, UK, where she teaches a range of courses related to comedy in popular performance. She is the author of Serious Play: Modern Clown Performance.

Table of Contents

Introduction PART I: ESTABLISHING A CRITICAL FRAMEWORK 1. What is Slapstick? 2. Structures and Techniques of Slapstick 3. Comedy and Pain PART II: TYPES OF PAIN ANALYSED 4. Accidental Pain 5. Random Pain: Objects and Animals 6. Intentional Pain 7. Real Pain Conclusion Bibliography Index

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