Laughing Matters: Understanding Film, Television and Radio Comedy by Glyn WhiteLaughing Matters: Understanding Film, Television and Radio Comedy by Glyn White

Laughing Matters: Understanding Film, Television and Radio Comedy

byGlyn White, John Mundy

Paperback | December 7, 2012

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Laughing Matters is an undergraduate level textbook taking an analytic approach to film, television and radio comedy, providing an accessible overview of its forms and contexts. The introduction explains the value of studying comedy, concisely outlines the approach taken and summarises therelevant theories. The subsequent chapters are divided into two parts. The first part examines the specific forms comedy has taken as a constant and key element in film and broadcast comedy from their origins to the present. The second part shows how the genre gravitates towards contentious issuesin British and American culture as it finds humour in the boundaries of class, gender, sexuality, race and logic. The authorst cover silent cinema comedy, early sound film comedy, Romantic film comedy, radio, television situation and sketch comedy, comedy and genre, animations, issues of gender and sexuality, taste, and race and ethnicity.

About The Author

Glyn White is Lecturer in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture at the University of Salford. John Mundy was until recently Professor in Media and Head of the School of Media, Music and Performance at the University of Salford, where he remains a Visiting Professor. He currently works for the Higher Education Academy at York.

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Title:Laughing Matters: Understanding Film, Television and Radio ComedyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:December 7, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:071908315X

ISBN - 13:9780719083150

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Part I: Comedy forms
1 Silent film comedy
2 Early sound film comedy
3 The romantic comedy film
4 Radio comedy
5 Television comedy
6 Comedy and genre boundaries
7 Animated comedy
Part II: Themes, effects and impact of comedy
8 Comedy, gender and sexuality
9 Comedy and cultural value: from bad taste to gross-out
10 Comedy, race and ethnicity
Conclusion: 'You had to be there'
Appendix
Bibliography
Index