21L.421 Comedy

Fall 2001

Artist's rendering of Mark Twain.
Artist's rendering of Mark Twain. (Image courtesy of America's Library.)

Course Highlights

This course features several example assignments.

Course Description

This is a second variation of the course. It includes a survey of a range of comic texts from different media, the cultures that produced them, and various theories of comedy. Authors studied include Twain, Wilde, Shakespeare, and Cervantes. Like other communications-intensive courses in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, it allows the student to produce a long writing assignment, in addition to several shorter pieces; it also offers substantial opportunities for oral expression, through student-led discussion, class reports, and class participation.
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Prof. Wyn Kelley

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session