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Comedy : a geographic and historical guide / edited by Maurice Charney.


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Westport, Conn. : Praeger , 2005.
  • Book
  • 2 v. (vii, 663) ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction-- Volume I: Academic Humor-- African-American Comedians-- African-American Humor-- African Film Comedy-- American Drama Since 1975-- American Film-- American Jewish Humor-- American Literature in the Nineteenth Century-- American Political Cartoons and Comics-- Animation-- Arthurian Romance-- Black Comedy-- British Contemporary Comedy-- Canadian Comedy-- Children's Humor-- Commedia dell' Arte-- English Comedy, Elizabethan and Jacobean-- English Comedy, Restoration and Augustan-- English Comedy, Victorian-- Volume II: Farce-- French Contemporary Comedy-- French Drama in the 17th Century-- German Comedy-- Greek Comedy-- Irish Comedy-- Irony-- Italian Comedy-- Middle English Comedy-- Native American Trickster Tales-- The Philosophy of Humor-- Queer Comedy-- Roman Comedy-- The Romantic Period-- Satire-- Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances-- Spanish Comedy-- Stand Up Comedy-- Television Sitcoms-- Glossary-- About the Editor and Authors-- Index.
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Publisher's Summary:
Examines comedy and its many forms throughout history 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 humour, Irish comedy, Spanish comedy, etc.) contribute a multicultural understanding, while essays on such topics as irony, satire, and the philosophy of comedy 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. A unique work with an exhaustive scope; Contains both narrative chapters and an A-to-Z reference section; The editor is a respected authority on comedy history and theory.
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Charney, Maurice.

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