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date: 11 December 2017

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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.

Keywords: comedy, drama, festival, Aristophanes, Plato, Friedrich Nietzsche

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