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romantic comedy


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A general term for comedies that deal mainly with the follies and misunderstandings of young lovers, in a light‐hearted and happily concluded manner which usually avoids serious satire. The best‐known examples are Shakespeare's comedies of the late 1590s, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It being the most purely romantic, while Much Ado About Nothing approaches the comedy of manners and The Merchant of Venice is closer to tragicomedy. The romantic comedy has become a recognized genre of popular film, in which context it is now sometimes abbreviated as romcom. See also new comedy.

Subjects: literature.


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