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Comedy and the Comic Spirit in the Long 19th Century
ENGL 256
Spring 2022
Section: 01  

This course follows the Comic Spirit (as novelist George Meredith called it) as it frolics through 19th-century literature and popular culture. We will examine how writers experimented with traditional elements of comedy such as courtship plots, playful language, and eccentric characters as well as with universal aspects of storytelling such as the narrator's voice and the ethical implications of poetic justice. While enjoying these hilarious works on their own terms, we will also take seriously their experiments with narrative form; their complex relationship to the categories of the novel, comedy, and realism; and the ways humor created links between literature and the visual and musical arts. This course fulfills the English Department's Literary History II and British Literature requirements.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on JAN-28-2023
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