Timothy Gould

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195182637
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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This article examines the literary genre of comedy. It suggests the possible roots of comedy in drama and argues that while the roots of the festive and the festival may account for some forms of comedy, not all forms of humor are festive and not all forms of the festive become embodied in forms of drama or the dramatic. It describes the works of Aristophanes and discusses Plato and Friedrich Nietzsche's thoughts about comedy.

Keywords: comedy; drama; festival; Aristophanes; Plato; Friedrich Nietzsche

Article.  11558 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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