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5. Underdogs

5. Underdogs  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778131
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0006
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9780199601714
‘Underdogs’ explores the attraction of the less fortunate in comedy. Socrates suggests that we enjoy the spectacle of others doing daft things we would secretly like to do ourselves. ... More
6. Taking liberties

6. Taking liberties  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778131
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0007
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chapter
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9780199601714
‘Taking liberties’ looks at the relationship between comedy and aggression. Does laughter embody or diffuse aggression? One theory states that the laugh may be an aborted cry of concern, or ... More
Epilogue: why might we enjoy tragedies?

Epilogue: why might we enjoy tragedies?  

Stanley Wells

in Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2017
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Apr 2017
eISBN: 
9780191827297
DOI: 
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
7. Structuralist

7. Structuralist  

Jonathan Culler

in Barthes: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775369
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801593.003.0007
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9780192801593
‘Structuralist’ examines structuralism and its importance in Roland Barthes's career. It was the source of his influence, the fruition of projects and attitudes, and the springboard for ... More
Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

Comedy: A Very Short Introduction  

Matthew Bevis

Print Publication Year: 
Dec 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778131
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
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

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