Table of contents for Comedy / Andrew Stott.

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1 Comedy in the Academy                           17
Plato and Aristotle                          18
Genre Trouble                                21
Fertility and the '9lan Vital': Cornford, Bergson, Langer 25
Springtime and Festival: Frye and Barber     29
Carnival and the Marketplace: Bakhtin and the New
Historicism                                32
2 Comic Identity                                  40
Stereotypes                                  41
Clowns, Fools, and Folly                     46
Tricksters                                   51
Wit, Camp, and Bathos: Congreve, Wilde, Hancock  55
3 Gender and Sexuality                            62
Cross-dressing: As You Like It and Some Like It Hot  63
Drag and Transvestism                        70
Marriage                                     75
4 The Body                                        83
Beauty and Abjection                         84
The Grotesque                                87
Slapstick                                    92
The Female Body                              97
5 Politics                                        103
Comedy and the State: Frogs and Brass Eye    106
Satire                                       109
'Alternative' Comedy: Comedians and Comedians  114
The End of Laughter? Three Holocaust Comedies  120
6 Laughter                                        127
Christian Laughter                           128
Superiority and Incongruity Theories         131
Relief Theory: Freud and Spencer             138
Poststructuralist Laughters                 140
Conclusion                                      146

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Comedy