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Comedy (The New Critical Idiom)

Comedy (The New Critical Idiom)
Author: Andrew Stott
ISBN 13: 9780415299336
ISBN 10: 415299330
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2004-12-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $24.95

What is comedy? Andrew Stott tackles this question through an investigation of comic forms, theories and techniques, tracing the historical definitions of comedy from Aristotle to Chris Morris's Brass Eye via Wilde and Hancock. Rather than attempting to produce a totalising definition of 'the comic', this volume focuses on the significance of comic 'events' through study of various theoretical methodologies, including deconstruction, psychoanalysis and gender theory, and provides case studies of a number of themes, ranging from the drag act to the simplicity of slipping on a banana skin.