The Comic Traditions in performance

-  Prof .Bishnupriya Dutt (optional course for semester II and IV)

The course will provide a critical introduction to the irrepressible genre of comedy with a wide ranging overview. It will investigate the theories and techniques of comic forms, consider comic identity including that of clowns, devils, stereotypes and the stand up comic. It introduces comedy’s role in theories of deconstruction, psychoanalysis and gender. The course will feature analytical case studies on a number of themes on political comic and carnival and consider comic representations of the body and sexuality.


Pre readings :

• Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World, Cambridge MA MIT Press (1984)

• Stott, Andrew, Comedy, the new critical idiom, Routledge, New York London 2005.

• Critchley, Simon, On Humour, Routledge, London 2002

• Charnay Maurice, Comedy, High and Low; an Introduction to the experience of Comedy, Peter Lang august 1991.

• Nicoll Allardyce; The World of the Harlequin, A critical Study of the Commedia della Arte, Cambridge University Press, 1987.

• Joel Schechter ed) Popular theatre, A source Book, Routledge NY 2003.