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The Routledge Comedy Studies Reader

1st Edition

Edited by Ian Wilkie

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432 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Description

The Routledge Comedy Studies Reader is a selection of the most outstanding critical analysis featured in the journal Comedy Studies in the decade since its inception in 2010.

The Reader illustrates the multiple perspectives that are available when analysing comedy. Wilkie’s selections present an array of critical approaches from interdisciplinary scholars, all of whom evaluate the comedy from different angles and adopt a range of writing styles to explore the phenomenon. Divided into eight unique sections, the Reader offers both breadth and depth with its wide range of interdisciplinary articles and international perspectives.

Of interest to students, scholars, and lovers of comedy alike, The Routledge Comedy Studies Reader offers a contemporary sample of general analyses of comedy as a mode, form, and genre.

Reviews

Praise for A Comedy Studies Reader, ed. Ian Wilkie

An important resource for those bent on taking comedy seriously, this collection gathers disparate studies from the innovative Journal of Comedy Studies and elsewhere to illuminate contemporary performative comedy. It should prove invaluable for students in Comedy Studies and also remind many in Humour Studies about the importance of the relationship between a piece of humour and its mediator, whether professional or or amateur, as a creator of amusement and laughter.

Jessica Milner Davis FRSN, University of Sydney

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Ian Wilkie: an introductory foreword chapter by the editor of Comedy Studies Journal

 

Section 1

Back to Basics: What is Comedy and Where Does It Come From?

  1. Chris Ritchie Against comedy (1:2)
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  3. Peter Marteinson Thoughts on the current state of humor theory (1:2)
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  5. Ian Wilkie and Matthew Saxton The origins of comic performance in adult-child interaction (1:1)
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  7. Caspar Addyman and Ishbel Addyman The science of baby laughter(4:2)
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    Section 2

    Old Comedy: Taproots and Tropes 

  9. Rachel Kirk The time travelling miser (2:1)
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  11. Louise Peacock Conflict and slapstick in commedia dell' arte (4:1)
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  13. Richard Talbot and Barnaby King Clowns do ethnography (5:1)
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    Section 3

    Class, Gender, Race: Reading Comedy’s Issues 

  15. Isaac Hui Hamlet, comedy and class struggle (4:2)
  16. David Huxley and David James Race, class and gender in British music hall (3:1)

 

  1. Gilli Bush-Bailey Women like us? (3:2)
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    Section 4

    Doing Comedy: Giving, Receiving, Causes and Effects 

     

  3. Hannah Ballou Pretty Funny (4:2)
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  5. Tim Miles No greater foe? (audience and stand ups) (5:1)
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  7. Lloyd Peters The roots of alternative comedy? (4: 1)
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  9. Christopher Molineux Life memory archive (documentation in stand up) (7:1)
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    Section 5

    New Comedy? Interviews with Practitioners

  11. Oliver Double interview with Ross Noble (1:1)
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  13. Tony Moon interview with Stewart Lee (2:1)
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  15. Tony Moon interview with Barry Cryer (2:2)
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  17. Gary Turk interview with Charlie Hanson (3:1)
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  19. Tony Moon interview with Tiffany Stevenson (3:2)
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  21. Sam Friedman interview with Russell Kane (4: 2)
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  23. Sam Friedman interview with Les Dennis (4:2)
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  25. Kara Hunt on Chris Rock (5:2)
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  27. Tony Moon interview with John Lloyd (8:1)
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  29. Ian Wilkie interview with Kate Fox (8:2)
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    Section 6

    Critical Angles: Essays on a Joan Rivers’ Routine

  31. Sharon Lockyer From toothpick legs to dropping vaginas (2:2 )
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  33. Louise Peacock Joan Rivers - reading the meaning (2:2)
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  35. Brett Mills Humour theory and Joan Rivers (2:2)
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    Section 7

    The World of Comedy: Culture and Satire

     

  37. Debra Aarons and Marc Mierowsky Obscenity, dirtiness and licence in Jewish comedy (5:2)
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  39. Grant Julin Satire in a Multicultural World: A Bakhtinian Analysis (9:2)
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  41. Mark Harmon, Barbara Kaye, Amanda Martin - When Silly Meets Serious (9:2)
  42. Ian Reilly The comedian the cat and the activist (6:1)
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  44. Cate Blouke Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen and seriousness of mock documentary (6:1)
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    Section 8

    New Comedy? Emerging Platforms and Forms of Expression 

     

  46. Kyle Meikle A book and a movie walk into a bar (6:2)
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  48. Peter Kunze Kidding around: children, comedy and social media (5:1)
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  50. Rebecca Krefting and Rebecca Baruc Social media and comedy (6:2)
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  52. Jillian Belanger Comedy meets media 6 2
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  54. Lucien Leon The animated moving image as political cartoon (9:1)
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  56. Matthew Mckeague Is vlogging the new stand up? (9:1)

 

Index

About the Editor

Ian Wilkie is a Lecturer in Performance at the University of Salford, specialising in the Comedy Writing and Performance degree. He is the author of Performing in Comedy: a Student’s Guide, has been articles editor of Comedy Studies since 2013 (becoming main editor in 2015), and occasionally works as a comic actor.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HUM000000
HUMOR / General
HUM003000
HUMOR / Form / Essays
PER015000
PERFORMING ARTS / Comedy
PER019000
PERFORMING ARTS / Storytelling