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Comedy, Seriously: Searching Tips

A library guide to accompany the 2012-13 Humanities at Colby Theme

SYNONYMS OR KEYWORDS

Absurd

Buffoonery

Burlesque

Camp

Caricature

Clown

Comedic / Comic

Commedia

Cynic(ism)

Farce

Fool / Jester / Clown / Pierrot

Humor

Irony

Joke

Laughter

Novelty

Parody

Satire

Slapstick

Travesty

Wit

SUBJECTS TO SEARCH IN THE CATALOG

  • Farce  Here are entered works on the farce as a literary form. Collections of farces are entered under the heading Farces

  • Stand-up comedy

  • Tragicomedy

  • Black humor Here are entered general works on humor that treats suffering or the absurdity of existence in a bitter, ironic, morbid, or grimly satiric way, as well as works on such humor in literary form

  • Humorous stories

  • Laughter

  • Macaronic literature

  • Mock-heroic literature

  • Parodies Here are entered collections of parodies in several languages or of several literatures, in the English language, or of English and American literature. Collections in other languages or of other literatures are entered under Parodies qualified by language or nationality, e.g. Parodies, French. Works on the literary form of humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature are entered under Parody

  • Satire --subdivision Humor under names of countries, cities, etc., under names of individual persons, corporate bodies and sacred works, and under topical subjects

  • Women's wit and humor  Here are entered works on wit and humor for women. Works on wit and humor written by women are entered under Wit and humor--Women authors. Humorous works about women are entered under Women--Humor


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