ENGL 4491 18th Century Comic Constructions (Spring: 3 )
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.
Instructor(s): Robert Chibka
Last Updated: 24-Jun-17