Madness, masks, and laughter: an essay on comedy
This work explores narrative and dramatic comedy as a laughter-inducing phenomenon. The theatrical metaphors of mask, appearance, and illusion function as structural linchpins, and previous theories of comedy as well as more general philosophical ideas, are discussed insofar as they shed light on this approach.
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