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Dramatic Genres: Comedy (Print)

160 pages


ISBN: 978 1 906101 18 3 Download sample PDF

A comprehensive set of materials and activities on the dramatic genre of comedy. Provides:

  • an overview from the Greeks to the 21st- century, with annotated timeline
  • concise and accessible explanations of types, features and concepts, with activities for exploring the genre as a whole and for applying to particular plays
  • introductory activities to set the agenda for study and provide students with a wide-ranging literary context, including 18 substantial extracts from comedies
  • 10 production stills to introduce students to key aspects of dramatic comedy
  • approaches to encourage students to appreciate the plays as dramatic texts
  • substantial sections on key areas of comedy (structure; characterisation; genre; language; the fool; subversion, misrule and carnivalesque; green worlds; identity, disguise and cross-dressing; women) with practical activities and short integrated extracts from critical material to stimulate and extend students’ thinking
  • more substantial extracts from critical material on Shakespearean comedy.

On the DVD

  • Dr Eric Langley and Professors Adam Roberts and Dan Rebellato from Royal Holloway, on Shakespeare’s comedies, theories of laughter and comedy, and key dramatic comedies
  • a PDF of the publication for printing
  • a colour PDF of production stills.


This publication includes resources on DVD. As more and more computers no longer have a disk drive, these resources are now also supplied in downloadable form. Buy the publication online and the resources included on the DVD will be added to your account. Sign in to the account used to buy the publication, click My Account (top right), then navigate to 'View or download previously purchased downloads'. You will also receive the print pack with DVD.

Resource type: A4, wirobound photocopiable resource with 2-hr DVD

Sample Video


They have now surpassed themselves with Dramatic Genres: Studying Comedy, a fantastic resource... essential reading for teaching any comedy text in any syllabus.

NATE magazine, Spring 2013

Brilliant as ever!

Julie Cuthbertson, Lutterworth College

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