THE INGREDIENTS According to the Renaissance ideas of Stephen Gosson, the ingredients of comedy are: • Love • Cosenedge • Flatterie • Bawderie • Slyeconveighance of whoredome
Ingredients continued: • Crookes • Knaves • Baudes • Parasites • Courtezannes • Lecherous olde men • Amorous young men
Can you think of any more to add to this list?
Other features of the comedy genre • A happy ending • Song • Dancing • Cavorting • Phallic rituals • Jokes • Comic hero • Ordinary people
Comedy Are these ingredients restricted only to comedy, or do they come from other genres too?
Sub-genre - FARCE • Zaniness • Slapstick humour • Hilarious improbability • Fantastic/absurd characters • Wild coincidences • Endless twists and complications • Elaborate comic intrigue • Deception, disguise, mistaken identity
Sub-genre - ROMANTIC COMEDY The most popular of all comic forms • Love plot • Two well-matched lovers • They are meant for each other • Divided • Re-united • Complicated circumstances • Obstacles get in their way • Obstacles are surmounted • Happy ever after • Marriage
Sub-genre - SATIRICAL COMEDY Human vice Folly Con-artists Criminals Tricksters Deceivers Wheeler dealers Two timers Hypocrites Gullible dupes Knaves Goofs Rakes Cuckolds • Traces the rising fortune of a central character • Central character is usually cynical, foolish or morally corrupt • Spills over into Black Comedy when we are invited to laugh at events that are mortifying or grotesque
Genre • Consider the plays we are studying – in what ways are they comedies? • Could they be considered as a different genre?