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3. In and out of character

3. In and out of character  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0004
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Is predictability the secret to good comedy? Character becomes comic as person is reduced to thing, and this thing-ness becomes something habitual. Comic character has a ridiculous ... More
2. Getting physical

2. Getting physical  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0003
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There is one word that is always associated with comedy: laughter. What does laughter do to us? ‘Getting physical’ considers comedy as a mode through which we organize our knowledge of the ... More
1. In the beginning …

1. In the beginning …  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0002
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‘In the beginning…’ examines the likely origins of comedy and asks: when was it born? The etymological roots of the word hint at obscure origins. Comedy can offer us reassurance. In Ancient ... More
5. Theatres of the body

5. Theatres of the body  

John Phillips

in The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776038
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804693.003.0005
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Sade was fascinated with the theatre. Throughout his adult life, he put much enthusiasm into putting on plays and even playing the leading roles himself. Sade wrote more than twenty plays, ... More
Curtain raiser

Curtain raiser  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0001
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What does comedy mean? In Plato's Philebus, Socrates speaks of comedy ‘not only on the stage, but on the greater stage of human life; and so in endless other cases’. This isn't very helpful ... More
8. Endgames

8. Endgames  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0009
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The speaker goes out a with a bang, not a whimper, and makes the best out of a bad situation. Such endings are at the centre of the human comedy because they play up the folly of it all ... More
8. ‘O Muse, be obedient to the command of God’The spiritual and material worlds

8. ‘O Muse, be obedient to the command of God’: The spiritual and material worlds  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775314
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.003.0008
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‘“O Muse, be obedient to the command of God”: The spiritual and material worlds’ looks at Pushkin's early rejection of references to religion in his work, his generation's distrust of overt ... More
6. No laughing matter

6. No laughing matter  

Poole Adrian

in Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775543
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802354.003.0007
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9780192802354
What is the connection between comedy and tragedy? Why do we find tragedy in the arts comic? If the brute matter of tragedy consists of pain, grief, death, and bereavement, laughter brings ... More
1. Who needs it?

1. Who needs it?  

Poole Adrian

in Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775543
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802354.003.0002
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The meaning of tragedy has changed through history from something quite exceptional to something commonplace. The word derives from the Greek words, for ‘goat’ and ‘song’. We don't quite ... More
4. Time

4. Time  

Bart van Es

in Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191789823
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723356.003.0005
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‘Time’ considers the strange ways in which Shakespeare manipulates time. In 1570, Lodovico Castelvetro stated that the perfect comedy should be restricted to events lasting no longer than ... More
Epilogue: why might we enjoy tragedies?

Epilogue: why might we enjoy tragedies?  

Stanley Wells

in Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2017
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Apr 2017
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9780191827297
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10.1093/actrade/9780198785293.003.0013
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9780198785293
‘Epilogue: why might we enjoy tragedies?’ considers why we pay good money to subject ourselves to displays of misery, cruelty, suicide, murder—even cannibalism. Perhaps central to the ... More
Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

Comedy: A Very Short Introduction  

Matthew Bevis

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.001.0001
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9780199601714
Comedy: A Very Short Introduction studies written forms of comedy such as prose fiction, poetry, caricatures, and cartoons. There are also performance forms of comedy such as ... More
Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction

Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction  

Bart van Es

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191789823
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723356.001.0001
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Shakespeare’s Comedies: A Very Short Introduction explores the full range of the playwright’s comic writing over the course of a career spanning nearly a quarter century of ... More
William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction  

Stanley Wells

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Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
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9780191788048
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718628.001.0001
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9780198718628
William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction provides a guide to the life and writings of one of the world’s greatest and best-known dramatists: William Shakespeare. Looking ... More
4. Star-struck: journalism as entertainment

4. Star-struck: journalism as entertainment  

Ian Hargreaves

in Journalism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
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9780191780042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199686872.003.0005
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9780199686872
Journalism has always entertained as well as informed, but has the recent instinct to amuse driven out the will, and depleted the resource, for serious reporting and analysis? ‘Star-struck: ... More
4. Plotting mischief

4. Plotting mischief  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0005
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Good comedy has a knack of good timing and storytelling. It is the art of surprise, but established routine is what makes surprise possible. Jokes work because we expect the result, and our ... More
7. Beyond a joke

7. Beyond a joke  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0008
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9780199601714
Comedy rescues difficult situations. It helps dig people out of holes and help them deal with suffering. As Nietzsche has proclaimed: ‘Perhaps I know best why man alone laughs. He alone ... More
Dante: A Very Short Introduction

Dante: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191781575
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684779.001.0001
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9780199684779
Dante: A Very Short Introduction examines the main themes and issues that run through all of Dante’s work, ranging from autobiography, to understanding God, and the order of ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

in Dante: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191781575
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684779.003.0001
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9780199684779
The Introduction suggests that reading The Divine Comedy requires coming to terms not just with Dante’s views on morality, but with the comprehensive metaphysical and theological system ... More
3. Love

3. Love  

Bart van Es

in Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191789823
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723356.003.0004
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9780198723356
Shakespearean comedy is about getting the girl or the boy, but it is also about love, and one ingredient that makes this possible is the sonnet. ‘Love’ argues that love is not only a ... More

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