21L.421 Comedy

Spring 2008

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

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.
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Dr. Wyn Kelley

Course Meeting Times

2 sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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