School of English and Drama

Laughing Matters: Comedy and Contemporary Culture

Module code: ESH6025

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Tuesday 1 pm - 3 pm

Contact: Dr Huw Marsh
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Has contemporary culture taken a funny turn? This module offers you the chance to find out. We will look at the recent proliferation of comic novels and short stories, as well as stand-up comedy, sitcoms and film, in order to ask questions such as: why is this funny? how is this funny? should we be laughing at this? and what does this type of comedy say about the contemporary moment? We will also study the theory and philosophy of comedy, using this to inform our understanding of what comedy and laughter do, culturally, psychologically, ethically and politically.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6