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This article examines the literary genre of comedy. It suggests the possible roots of comedy in drama and argues that while the roots of the festive and the festival may account for some forms of comedy, not all forms of humor are festive and not all forms of the festive become embodied in forms of drama or the dramatic. It describes the works of Aristophanes and discusses Plato and Friedrich Nietzsche's thoughts about comedy.
Timothy Gould is professor of philosophy at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. He has written articles on Kant's aesthetics, Emerson, Thoreau, Nietzsche, Romanticism, and Wittgenstein and is the author of Hearing Things: Voice and Method in the Writing of Stanley Cavell. He is completing a book manuscript titled The Names of Action, with chapters on Austin, Wittgenstein, Cavell, Emerson, Marx, and Nietzsche. He has also been writing a series of essays on narrative in comedy, history, movies, autobiography, and trauma, tentatively titled Saving the Story.
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