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George Meredith"s prose fiction in the light of his theory of comedy

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StatementBoston University Graduate School dissertation, submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, 1942
The Physical Object
Paginationvii, 291 leaves
Number of Pages291
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL25926817M

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George Meredith was an English novelist and poet during the Victorian era. He read law and was articled as a solicitor, but abandoned that profession for journalism and poetry shortly after marrying Mary Ellen Nicolls, a widowed daughter of Thomas Love Peacock, in /5.   Meredith published his essay “The Idea of Comedy and the Uses of the Comic Spirit” in Beauchamp’s Career appeared the year before; quite naturally the novel portrays many of the theories Meredith proposed in his essay. In , Meredith completed The Egoist, which the author named “a comedy in narrative.”. "The Egoist" (), a comedy in narrative, regarded by most critics as his masterpiece, was the first to receive popular attention. "Diana of the Crossways" (), his most popular book, gave to fiction a new and particularly well-drawn heroine, the woman of fine brain and strong body. Father and son suffer from excessive pride and self-delusion (regarded by Meredith as forms of egoism), which it is the purpose of comedy, as he later said in his “Essay on Comedy,” to purge and replace with sanity. Though not without faults, the novel nevertheless remains Meredith’s most moving and most widely read novel.

Comedy, type of drama or other art form the chief object of which, according to modern notions, is to amuse. It is contrasted on the one hand with tragedy and on the other with farce, burlesque, and other forms of humorous amusement.. The classic conception of comedy, which began with Aristotle in ancient Greece of the 4th century bce and persists through the present, holds that it is. A Theory of Comedy by Richard F. Taflinger, PhD. This page has been accessed since 30 May Sitcom -- Chapter Six: A Theory of Comedy. Comedy is that which makes one laugh. This is the basis for any study of comedy. However, just what is it that makes one laugh? Six elements are required for something to be humorous.   90 comedy and comedy-related titles — memoirs, fiction, essay collections, interviews, TV tie-ins, and more — that a student of comedy’s library must include.   "This book will be the death of me," Flaubert wrote to George Sand, and so it proved. Greene called the book a "lighthearted comedy", but it's also a .

During the s Meredith began to receive an income from magazine writing and was thus encouraged to attempt a longer prose work. His first work of fiction, The Shaving of Shagpat: An Arabian Entertainment (), is a lighthearted fantasy that contains a number of themes that recur throughout Meredith’s career, including ridicule of social conventions and disdain for social climbers, and features . any comedy employing the methods of realism but particularly that developed by Jonson, Chapman, Middleton, and other Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatist. It deals with London life, is satirical, and rest on the observation of life. The comedy of humours was an early form of realistic comedy.   Elia, whose humour delighted in floating a galleon paradox and wafting it as far as it would go, bewails the extinction of our artificial Comedy, like a poet sighing over the vanished splendour of Cleopatra’s Nile-barge; and the sedateness of his plea for a cause condemned even in his time to the penitentiary, is a novel effect of the ludicrous. The comedy genre got its start (and its name) in Athens, Greece, during the 5th century BC. Like tragedy, its tear-jerking counterpart, comedy developed from the Athenian celebration dedicated to.