EN 491 18th Century Comic Constructions (Spring: 3)
Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement.
What does a comedy do, besides make us laugh? How does it work? How might
constructing entertainments in comic modes display, hide, or reframe cultural
anxieties or complacencies and contribute to shaping the no-less-constructed
social world outside the text? We'll encounter a variety of silly, sophisticated,
sententious, salacious, scathing, scintillating plays and novels produced
during a period when comedy flourished in both genres. Along with short
readings in comic theory, we'll scrutinize works by the likes of Etherege,
Behn, Congreve, Gay, Steele, Fielding, Sterne, Goldsmith, Burney, and Sheridan.
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