HOW TO DEAL WITH FARCES? Suggestions for an Alternative Research Programme

Kramer, Femke
July 1999
Medieval English Theatre;1999, Vol. 21, p66
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the description and recognition of the farce-world. It says that there are two lines of thought in the world of farce, first is its structural treatment, because it represents the abstract patterns and plans that shape the basis of farces which constitute their humorous and comical character. Moreover, the second is a socio-historical line of thought which is ruled by the idea that in the early age, humour was cruel and brutal. It also mentions that based on the structuralist approach, humorous ability of farces dwells in thematic dimensions of the texts and in the theatrical chances they give to their performers. However, in the socio-historical approach, it overrates the social impact of the plays and is based on a biased attitude to laughter.


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