Literary Genres: Comic Turn of Mind

Course Number: ENGL 128CM
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit provided letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 128AA-ZZ
Quarter: Spring 2011
Instructor: Young, Kay
Day(s): MW
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: PHELPS 3515
Description:

May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 28 units provided letter designations are different.
NOTE: The room for this course has changed from PSYCH 1902 to PHELP 3515.

The art form that affirms survival, that makes happiness our business and hope not the gift of the lucky few but a turn of mind to be practiced and pursued is COMEDY. Comedy as a genre, comedy as a practice, comedy as a way of imagining will be the object and its frame of our study. Primary texts: The Women at the Thesmophoria; Some Like it Hot; Old Cantakerous; Shakespeare in Love; Much Ado about Nothing; Bringing Up Baby; Mamma Mia!; Nichols and May routines; Curb Your Enthusiasm. Theory by: Aristotle, Eco, Freud, Bergson, Frye, Cavell, and Young.