Comedy, Tragedy, and Religion

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SUNY Press, May 27, 1999 - Social Science - 177 pages
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Explains the worldviews of comedy & tragedy, & analyzes world religions, finding some to be more comic, other more tragic.
 

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In this groundbreaking study, Morreall (religious studies, Univ. of South Florida) argues that tragedy, comedy, and religion have been closely linked since the heyday of ancient Greece. All three are ... Read full review

Contents

Some Basic Connections
3
The Nature of Tragedy
7
The Nature of Comedy
13
The Tragic Vision versus the Comic Vision
21
The Tragic and the Comic Visions in Religions
41
Eastern Religions
49
Western Religions
73
New Religions
131
The Value of Humor in Religion
147
Notes
155
Bibliography
165
Index
173
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John Morreall is Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of South Florida. Among his many works are Taking Laughter Seriously and The Philosophy of Laughter and Humor, both published by SUNY Press.

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