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Майя Волчкевич The Seagull. A comedy of delusions


The book is devoted to a play which became on its appearance a turning point in Russian, and later world, art. A vast amount has been written about the play. However, “The Seagull” still attracts producers, actors and critics; they read it every time as if for the frst time. This book attempts the same. It is addressed to all those who are interested in Chekhov’s work and the “eternal questions” of his “strange” play, “The Seagull”.

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The Odd One In: On Comedy


A Lacanian look at how comedy might come to philosophy's rescue, with examples ranging from Hegel and Molière to George W. Bush and Borat. Why philosophize about comedy? What is the use of investigating the comical from philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives? In The Odd One In, Alenka Zupancic considers how philosophy and psychoanalysis can help us understand the movement and the logic involved in the practice of comedy, and how comedy can help philosophy and psychoanalysis recognize some of the crucial mechanisms and vicissitudes of what is called humanity. Comedy by its nature is difficult to pin down with concepts and definitions, but as artistic form and social practice comedy is a mode of tarrying with a foreign object - of including the exception. Philosophy's relationship to comedy, Zupancic writes, is not exactly a simple story (and indeed includes some elements of comedy). It could begin with the lost book of Aristotle's Poetics, which discussed comedy and laughter (and was made famous by Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose). But Zupancic draws on a whole range of philosophers and exemplars of comedy, from Aristophanes, Molière, Hegel, Freud, and Lacan to George W. Bush and Borat. She distinguishes incisively between comedy and ideologically imposed, “naturalized” cheerfulness. Real, subversive comedy thrives on the short circuits that establish an immediate connection between heterogeneous orders. Zupancic examines the mechanisms and processes by which comedy ...

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Leger Grindon The Hollywood Romantic Comedy. Conventions, History and Controversies


The most up-to-date study of the Hollywood romantic comedy film, from the development of sound to the twenty-first century, this book examines the history and conventions of the genre and surveys the controversies arising from the critical responses to these films. Provides a detailed interpretation of important romantic comedy films from as early as 1932 to movies made in the twenty-first century Presents a full analysis of the range of romantic comedy conventions, including dramatic conflicts, characters, plots, settings, and the function of humor Develops a survey of romantic comedy movies and builds a canon of key films from Hollywood's classical era right up to the present day Chapters work as discrete studies as well as within the larger context of the book

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Gordon Kelly Far Out at Sea - The Radio Seagull Story


Far Out at Sea tells the story of Radio Seagull and how a bunch of renegades created a truly alternative radio station. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and featuring exclusive interviews with the people involved, Far Out at Sea is a must read for all fans of offshore radio.

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Anton Chekhov The Seagull


Unabridged English value reproduction of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. This wonderfully complex drama of hopes, dreams, and love, has characters that resonate with readers in different ways reading after reading. One of the first plays to pioneer impressionistic realism, this beautifully blended tragic drama is provided to the reader in a slim volume with the full text at an affordable price.

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Mustafa Kirca Alan Ayckbourn in Chekhov's Footsteps. A Study of Chekhovian Character Traits Drama.


Mustafa Kirca explores the dark sides of Alan Ayckbourn's comedy by comparing the playwright's characters with those of Chekhov's drama and drawing a parallelism in the character portrayal of both artists. The significance of Ayckbourn's plays, following Chekhov's footsteps, particularly lies in his vivid portrayal of characters from everyday life with psychological depth. Kirca shows that the fine mix of comedy and tragedy in Ayckbourn's drama is conveyed through his realistic characterization contrary to the farcical style of his plays. This kind of character portrayal in Ayckbourn's plays brings him very close to Chekhov and establishes the known equilibrium between comedy and tragedy in his theatre. The study covers Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, Just Between Ourselves, Joking Apart, Season's Greetings, Woman in Mind, A Small Family Business, and Henceforward. From Chekhov's drama, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard are included to define the general Chekhovian character traits. The book is especially interesting for teachers, students, and for general readers who are interested in modern 'human comedies'.

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Horton Andrew A Companion to Film Comedy


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

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Five Plays


This volume contains English translations of: Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard, with a new Introduction by Ronald Hingley. ABOUT THE...

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Audrey Bilger Laughing Feminism. Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen (Revised)


Laughing Feminism focuses on comedy in the works of Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen, authors who scrutinized the subjected prejudices against women in order to expose their absurdity and encourage readers to laugh at the folly of sexist views. Audrey Bilger shows that these women writers employed a full arsenal of comic weapons such as satire, burlesque, and parody to combat patriarchal nonsense and make comedy out of the discrepancies between the myth and reality of womanhood. Bilger draws on current feminist criticism, comic theory, and the methodologies of literary history to provide a context for re-assessing the novels of these writers. At a time when overt feminist statements could ruin a woman's reputation, comedy enabled these authors to smuggle feminism into their writing.

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Alena Saucke So funny, it hurts. Cringe Comedy and Performances of Discomfort


Master's Thesis from the year 2015 in the subject Cultural Studies - Miscellaneous, grade: 1,0, Free University of Berlin (John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies), course: Kulturwissenschaft, language: English, abstract: This thesis examines the relatively recent and increasingly popular phenomenon of cringe comedy. The characteristic feature of cringe comedy is the exposure of the viewer to prolonged states of social discomfort in the form of vicarious embarrassment, framed in a faux-realist aesthetic. Appearing increasingly since the turn of the millennium, cringe comedies employ the prolonged suspension of discomfort, deviating from the traditional sitcom. Since academic research on the topic has been limited, this thesis incorporates theoretical perspectives on comedy, embarrassment and shame, television and cultural history, insights from the fields of humor research, affect theory, the sociology of emotions and psychology as well as cultural and media studies. Drawing upon these sources, the author attempts to situate cringe comedy within the late capitalist comedic landscape, and analyze it as an aesthetic bound to the post-Fordist traits of hyperflexibility, hyperperformance and the increasingly blurred lines between work and play. The common experiential thread shared by cringe comedy shows is the endurance - on the part of the viewer - of a kind of voluntary shame stasis, provoked by repeated social faux pas, mixed with desperation and failure, and...

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Eric Chappell It Can Damage Your Health - A Comedy


Based on the author's television series Only When I Laugh, this comedy traces the fortunes of a disparate trio in a men's surgical ward. One is cynical and defensive, one is young and nervous, and the third is a weary hypochondriac. They form an uneasy alliance to combat the confusion and insecurities of hospital life.|5 men

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Andy Cowan Banging My Head Against the Wall. A Comedy Writer's Guide to Seeing Stars


Seinfeld writer Andy Cowan's 2018 comedy memoir, Banging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer’s Guide to Seeing Stars, foreword by Jay Leno, was recently acquired by The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, a 2019 USA Today Best New Attraction. “The Opposite” wasn’t just the classic Seinfeld episode in which George Costanza followed the opposite of his instincts to land success. The method behind the madness has been championed in industries worldwide and even likened to the rise of Trump. The award-winning writer who helped Costanza win, and first pondered “the opposite” in his own life, identifies traces of it in the legends he mined for anecdotes before the cameras rolled at his first high-profile Hollywood job on which he also became a recurring performer, and in numerous stops along his unique road of comedy writing and performing twists and turns, as the only scribe associated with Cheers, Seinfeld and 3rd Rock From the Sun. (Multiple episodes and staff)For a Tinseltown backstage pass, lessons from film and television icons, in-the-trenches comedy writing and performing strategies, Seinfeld episodes that could have been, talk show, sitcom and single panel cartoon development, and pitching the decision makers (or doing the opposite of playing their game) you’ll want to keep…Banging My Head Against the Wall!

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Bill Naughton All In Good Time - A Comedy


This domestic comedy explores the drama of a teenage marriage and the effects on a working-class British family. By the author of Alfie, this 1960's Broadway hit was made into the film The Family Way which starred John and Hayley Mills.|4 women, 7 men

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Оноре де Бальзак The Resources of Quinola: A Comedy in a Prologue and Five Acts

William Shakespeare The Comedy of Errors


The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.

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Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest. A Comedy drama


The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. It is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.Nineteenth Century British: It will be welcomed by students and lovers of literature and drama, and any admirer of the incomparable Oscar Wilde.

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William Shakespeare The Comedy of Errors


Classic Books Library presents this new beautiful edition of William Shakespeare's play, "The Comedy of Errors", featuring a specially commissioned new biography of William Shakespeare. Set in the city of Ephesus, the comedy is about the reunion of two sets of long-lost identical twins who were separated in a stormy shipwreck as infants. Each set of twins happens to share the names of the other, giving us two called Antipholus and two Dromio. The play follows the mistaken identities and misadventures encountered on their paths to finding each other. It is Shakespeare's shortest play and considered the most farcical of all his tales. William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor. He is considered to be the greatest writer in the English language and is celebrated as the world's most famous dramatist.

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J. Ben The three celebrated plays of that excellent poet Johnson sic


Эта книга — репринт оригинального издания 1732 года, созданный на основе электронной копии высокого разрешения, которую очистили и обработали вручную, сохранив структуру и орфографию оригинального издания. Редкие, забытые и малоизвестные книги, изданные с петровских времен до наших дней, вновь доступны в виде печатных книг.The three celebrated plays of that excellent poet Ben Johnson sic: viz. The fox, a comedy; The alchemist, a comedy; The silent woman, a comedy.

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John Fisher Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing: The Definitive Biography of a Comedy Legend


The first ever intimate portrait of Britain’s best-loved, but little known, comedy entertainer. Fully authorised, and written by Cooper’s friend and colleague John Fisher.More than just a comedian, Tommy Cooper was a born entertainer. Working in a golden age of British comedy, Cooper stood – literally – head and shoulders above the crowd, and had a magical talent for humour that defied description.But there was a man behind the laughter that few people saw. John Fisher was Cooper's friend and colleague and witnessed first-hand the moments of self-doubt and inadequacy that contrasted with the genial exterior. Until his tragic death on live television in 1984, Tommy Cooper lived in constant fear of the day he would be found out by his audience. He could never accept the accolades that came so thick and fast from every direction, and died to the sounds of laughter that he never really believed.Supplementing his own intimate knowledge with material accessed for the first time from the archives of Cooper's agent and manager, Miff Ferrie, and with the full co-operation of the Cooper family, John Fisher's warm, honest and insightful writing skilfully brings alive the man behind the comedic mask in this definitive biography of a comedy legend.

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Dion Boucicault London assurance. A comedy in five Acts


London assurance. A comedy in five Acts - 2. Band is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition of 1877.Hansebooks is editor of the literature on different topic areas such as research and science, travel and expeditions, cooking and nutrition, medicine, and other genres. As a publisher we focus on the preservation of historical literature. Many works of historical writers and scientists are available today as antiques only. Hansebooks newly publishes these books and contributes to the preservation of literature which has become rare and historical knowledge for the future.

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George E. Duckworth The Nature of Roman Comedy. A Study in Popular Entertainment


"The Nature of Roman Comedy remains the single most comprehensive guide to Roman comedy, and I do not see a rival work on the horizon. It places the genre in both a literary and a scholarly context. It provides a reliable introduction to the genre's main features and raises questions and problems in the genre's interpretation that remain relevant today....We could use such a classic on the shelf."-Sander M. Goldberg, University of California, Los AngelesOriginally published in 1952, The Nature of Roman Comedy is still the fullest and most accessible introduction to the plays of Plautus and Terence, which constitute the corpus of Roman comedy. With attention to the specific aspects (such as staging conventions, plot structure, and character delineation) of each play, George E. Duckworth provides a readable synthesis that emphasizes the dramatic and humorous significance of the Roman comedies.Duckworth explains why these plays are important -and funny through discussion of suspense and irony, moral tone, and the humorous aspects of situation, character, and language. He places the comedies in the history of drama, extending from their bases in the lost Greek comedies to their influence on sixteenth-and seventeenth-century European playwrights including Moliere, Shakespeare, and Ben Johnson.Included are eight plates depicting scenes and characters from the comedies. For the second edition, Richard Hunter supplies a foreword and a bibliographical appendix, bringin...

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Steve Massa Lame Brains and Lunatics


Silent Film Comedy was a fortuitous combination of art and technology, wherethe physical comedy skills and artistry passed down from the Commediadell'Arte, English music hall, and American vaudeville were captured forposterity by the newly created motion picture camera. While the Chaplins,Keatons, and Laurel & Hardys are still remembered and celebrated, this bookprofiles unsung practitioners such as Billie Ritchie, Marcel Perez, LigeConley, and George Rowe, with special focus on the neglected comediennesAlice Howell, Gale Henry, Fay Tincher, and Josie Sadler. Popular icons onthe order of Mack Sennett, Marie Dressler, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, and W.C.Fields are re-examined, plus detailed histories of silent comedy teams andkid's comedies are offered. The book also includes selected filmographiesand is lavishly illustrated with more than 225 rarely-seen photographs andadvertising images.Steve Massa is a leading enthusiast of silent comedy, who has devoted 45years to researching the genre. A librarian in the Billy Rose TheatreCollection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at LincolnCenter, he has organized comedy film programs for the Museum of Modern Art,the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the PordenoneSilent Film Festival. In addition to consulting with the Eye Film Institute,Netherlands and other archives, and writing for film journals such asGriffithiana, he is a founding member of Silent Cinema Presentations which...

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Oscar Wilde Lady Windermere's Fan. A Play (comedy)


Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About a Good Woman is a four-act comedy by Oscar Wilde. Like many of Wilde's comedies, it bitingly satirises the morals of Victorian society, particularly marriage.The best known line of the play sums up the central theme: We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. —Lord Darlington

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Richard Brinsley Sheridan The School for Scandal


"The School for Scandal" is Richard Brinsley Sheridan's classic comedy that pokes fun at London upper class society in the late 1700s. Often referred to as a "comedy of manners", "The School for Scandal" is one Sheridan's most performed plays and a classic of English comedic drama.

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Shari Low A Brand New Me: The hilarious romantic comedy about one year of first dates

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Israel Zangwill Ghetto Comedies


Эта книга — репринт оригинального издания (издательство "New York, The Macmillan company; [etc., etc.]", 1907 год), созданный на основе электронной копии высокого разрешения, которую очистили и обработали вручную, сохранив структуру и орфографию оригинального издания. Редкие, забытые и малоизвестные книги, изданные с петровских времен до наших дней, вновь доступны в виде печатных книг.1907. Simultaneously with the publication of these Ghetto Comedies, a fresh edition of Zangwill's Ghetto Tragedies was issued. In the old definition a comedy could be distinguished from a tragedy by its happy ending. Dante's Hell and Purgatory could thus appertain to a comedy. This is a crude conception of the distinction between tragedy and comedy, which Zangwill ventured to disregard, particularly in the last of these otherwise unassuming stories situated in the London Ghetto.

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Александр Грибоедов, Nicholas Benardaky Gore ot Uma. A Comedy


From the Russian of Griboiedoff translated by Nicholas Benardaky.Woe from Wit is Alexander Griboyedov's comedy in verse, satirizing the society of post-Napoleonic Moscow, or, as a high official in the play styled it, "a pasquinade on Moscow."The play was a compulsory work in Russian literature lessons in Soviet schools, and is still considered a golden classic in modern Russia and other Russian-speaking countries. The play gave rise to numerous catchphrases in the Russian language, including the title itself.

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Jane Lambert The Start of Something Wonderful: a fantastically feel-good romantic comedy!

Daisy James The Summer House of Happiness: A delightfully feel-good romantic comedy perfect for holiday!

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Richard Bach Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A story


The complete edition of a timeless classic, includes the recently rediscovered Part Four and ‘Last Words’ by Richard Bach.Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the most celebrated inspirational fable of our time, tells the story of a bird determined to be more than ordinary.‘Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again,’ writes author Richard Bach in this allegory about a unique bird named Jonathan Livingston Seagull. ‘For most gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.’ Flight is indeed the metaphor that makes this story soar.This bestselling modern classic is a fable about seeking a higher purpose in life, even if your flock, tribe or neighbourhood finds your ambition threatening (at one point our beloved gull is even banished from his flock). By not compromising his higher vision, Jonathan learns the meaning of love and kindness and gets the ultimate payoff – transcendence.The dreamy illustrations by Russell Munson provide just the right illustrations for this spirituality classic that has inspired thousands of readers to follow their own path in life and so fulfill their true potential.

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Terence Rattigan In Praise of Love - A Play


Deception is the linchpin of this sophisticated comedy drama about a fatally ill wife and her ineffectual husband.

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Thomas Burke The Sun in Splendour - A London Comedy


Книга "The Sun in Splendour - A London Comedy".

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Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest. A Trivial Comedy for Serious People


2011 Reprint of 1899 Edition. "The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People" was first performed on 14 February 1895 at St. James's Theatre in London. It is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satirical treatment of Victorian manners and customs. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make it Wilde's most enduringly popular play.

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Leah Dennison Do I Look Funny In This.


Doctoral Thesis / Dissertation from the year 2014 in the subject Communications - Journalism, Journalism Professions, grade: 2.1, Bournemouth University, course: Scriptwriting for Film and Television, language: English, abstract: This dissertation investigates the perception and representation of female comics on the stand-up circuit and their audiences. It begins with a review of various theories of humour examining three major strands of thought: theories on repression, release and incongruity. It goes on to give an historical overview of British stand-up comedy, covering the Music Hall/Variety tradition, the Working Men's Club tradition and the Alternative Comedy tradition examining the cultural attitudes of the time alongside these various stages of British comedy and the place women found within them. Concluding with a case study on Bridget Christie and her success at navigating the patriarchal world of comedy, an investigation of current panel show figures and their representation of female comics and interview responses from current women stand-ups on the circuit. Illustrating that audiences may no longer perpetuate these long held stereotypes, but instead the industry 'gatekeepers', the bookers, promoters and producers within the comedy business are limiting aspiring female comedians from garnering mass exposure.

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Ian Ogilvy A Slight Hangover - Comedy


At the end of Noël Coward's Design for Living, two men and a woman embark on a menage a trois founded on mutual attraction and a conscious flouting of societal norms. This witty and warm hearted comedy continues their story.|2 women, 4 men

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