A Companion to Film Comedy

A Companion to Film Comedy

Editor(s): Andrew Horton, Joanna E. Rapf

Published Online: 22 OCT 2012 05:17AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781444338591

Online ISBN: 9781118327821

DOI: 10.1002/9781118327821

About this Book

A wide-ranging survey of the subject that celebrates the variety and complexity of film comedy from the 'silent' days to the present, this authoritative guide offers an international perspective on the popular genre that explores all facets of its formative social, cultural and political context

  • A wide-ranging collection of 24 essays exploring film comedy from the silent era to the present
  • International in scope, the collection embraces not just American cinema, including Native American and African American, but also comic films from Europe, the Middle East, and Korea
  • Essays explore sub-genres, performers, and cultural perspectives such as gender, politics, and history in addition to individual works
  • Engages with different strands of comedy including slapstick, romantic, satirical and ironic
  • Features original entries from a diverse group of multidisciplinary international contributors

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Comedy Before Sound, and the Slapstick Tradition

  2. Part II: Comic Performers in the Sound Era

  3. Part III: New Perspectives on Romantic Comedy and Masculinity

  4. Part IV: Topical Comedy, Irony, and Humour Noir

  5. Part V: Comic Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity

  6. Part VI: International Comedy

  7. Part VII: Comic Animation

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