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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

FILM 41.15 20th-Century American Film Comedy

Though tragedy is a more respected genre, comedy emanates from the same source: the recognition of a gap between what is, and what ought to be. This course will enrich our understanding of how this predicament was negotiated on American screens during the cinema's first full century, from Keaton, Normand, and Chaplin through Hepburn and Jerry Lewis. Course combines several key approaches to US comedy: its cultural/countercultural bent, its development as a Hollywood genre, and its representations of women and gender.


J. Rapf

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:ART; WCult:W

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