Brett Mills

in The Sitcom

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748637515
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671229 | DOI:

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This chapter explores particular sitcom moments in detail, in order to outline the frameworks that can be used to carry out such a task. This analysis draws on Humour Theory, which is traditionally categorised as three different approaches: Superiority; Incongruity: Relief. The chapter outlines these approaches and applies them to specific sitcom moments, in order to explore their value. The chapter also posits a Cue Theory, arguing that the comedic nature of sitcom is something that must be consistently cured by texts.

Keywords: Humour Theory; Incongruity; Relief; Superiority; Genre Cues

Chapter.  11098 words. 

Subjects: Television

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