How do we identify something as comedy?
How does reading a comic text differ from reading other kinds of texts?
How does comedy relate to social, cultural and political issues?
From Aristotle to the Commedia dell'arte, from Wilde to Albee-this Introduction uses these and many other examples from the vast history and range of the comedy genre to investigate comedy's patterns, characteristics and mechanisms. Focusing on dramatic texts, the book also refers to literature, film and television throughout, exploring how comedy affects and inhabits other worlds and genres.
This series is designed to introduce students to key topics and authors. Accessible and lively, these introductions will also appea1 to readers who want to broaden their understanding of the books and authors they enjoy.
Ideal for students, teachers and lecturers
Concise yet packed with essential information
Key suggestions for further reading