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21L.421 Comedy

As taught in: Spring 2008

A drawing of Mark Twain on stage.

Artist's rendering of Mark Twain. (Image courtesy of America's Library.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Dr. Wyn Kelley

Course Features

Course Description

This course looks at comedy in drama, novels, and films from Classical Greece to the twentieth century. Focusing on examples from Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Molière, Wilde, Chaplin, and Billy Wilder, along with theoretical contexts, the class examines comedy as a transgressive mode with revolutionary social and political implications. This is a Communications Intensive (CI) class with emphasis on discussion, and frequent, short essays.