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Spring 2024
Jun 13,2024
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ENG 194 - Literature of Comedy
“Is comedy really tragedy plus time?” This course traces the historical and cultural development of canonical and popular works of comedy. We will develop a working definition of comedy for our times by exploring classic and contemporary theories of humor, laughter, and comedy in its social contexts. Texts range from ancient theories to contemporary social media contexts. Genres may include plays, essays, poems, fiction, film, social and streaming media, and comic arts. Themes include the changing role of comedy in societies, the role of gender, race, sexuality, class and audience in shaping what’s funny, and the conventions, mechanics and effects of jokes, tropes, and types.
4.000 Credit hours
40.000 TO 48.000 Lecture hours

Syllabus Available
Levels: Credit
Schedule Types: Lecture

Arts & Humanities Division
Writing/Literature Department

Course Attributes:
Tuition, Arts and Letters

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