Comedy and Humor in Universal Literature


This course explores the definition, evolution, and cultural variability of comedy and humor in literature, from classical Greek and Roman comedy to the Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary forms of satire, irony, and parody. It also delves into the psychological and social effects of comedy, as well as its role in non-Western traditions.

What you will learn

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of comedy and humor in universal literature, and develop the analytical skills to critically evaluate comedic works across different cultures and time periods.

Course program

Understanding Comedy and Humor in Literature
Classical Comedy: Greece
Classical Comedy: Rome
Renaissance and Baroque Comedy
The Theatre of the Absurd
Satire, Irony, and Parody in Comedy
Social and Political Commentary in Comedy
The Psychological and Social Effects of Comedy
Comedy in Non-Western Traditions