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1. Metzger, Marc Michael George. Laughter Through Tears - The Art of Serious Comedy .

Degree: 2014, University of Otago

The Deerstalkers’ Ball is a play about a world in transition. It is an observation of the changes that have taken place in New Zealand’s rural south over the past twenty years, largely as a result of the increasing dominance of the dairying industry. The main narrative is set over two months in 1993 and tells the story of a sheep-farming family who will eventually be ‘displaced’ by the new order. It is set against the backdrop of preparations for a ball – a tradition that will soon be consigned to the past. While there are serious themes at the heart of the play, its overall tone is intended to be comic. Indeed, the most significant challenge in writing the play was achieving a successful balance between comedy and pathos. The exegesis in this thesis focuses principally on this issue, using the development of The Deerstalkers’ Ball as an opportunity to explore the sub-genre of what might be called ‘serious comedy’ – an approach typified by Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country, Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and plays by writers who have followed in their footsteps. The exegesis sets out to identify and define the characteristics and techniques of serious comedy. In addition to this investigation of tone, it looks at the use of multiple timeframes to make a story set in the recent past relevant to a contemporary audience and the opportunity this creates to balance comedy with pathos. The exegesis also discusses the elliptical nature of dramatic dialogue and the value of understatement in creating comic and dramatic effects and provides an extended discussion of the social and political background and themes of The Deerstalkers’ Ball. Advisors/Committee Members: Young, Stuart Barton (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: serious comedy; Chekhov comedy; Turgenev comedy; dark comedy; comedy of character and situation; comedy and pathos; comic irony; subtext in dramatic dialogue; dramatic irony in comedy; subtext and understatement; comedy in naturalistic drama; A Month in the Country comedy; The Cherry Orchard comedy

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APA (6th Edition):

Metzger, M. M. G. (2014). Laughter Through Tears - The Art of Serious Comedy . (Masters Thesis). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4695

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Metzger, Marc Michael George. “Laughter Through Tears - The Art of Serious Comedy .” 2014. Masters Thesis, University of Otago. Accessed October 24, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4695.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Metzger, Marc Michael George. “Laughter Through Tears - The Art of Serious Comedy .” 2014. Web. 24 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Metzger MMG. Laughter Through Tears - The Art of Serious Comedy . [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Otago; 2014. [cited 2019 Oct 24]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4695.

Council of Science Editors:

Metzger MMG. Laughter Through Tears - The Art of Serious Comedy . [Masters Thesis]. University of Otago; 2014. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4695

2. Goode, Rich W, IV. "Little Things": Chekhov's Children and Discourse in the Comic Short Story.

Degree: MA, English, 2013, University of New Orleans

While most critics agree that Anton Chekhov is a funny writer and much critical commentary about his comedic techniques identifies how Chekhov is humorous, none examines why readers find him so. Using the tools of cognitive science, this paper explores the cognitive processes behind humor and narrative, as well as Chekhov’s exploitation of them for comical effect in his early short stories – namely the very concise and blatantly humorous “Kids,” “Grisha,” “Vanka,” and “At Home” – and uncovers, in these early writings, the origins of his celebrated and oft-imitated authorial legacy. Advisors/Committee Members: Nancy Easterlin, Daniel Doll, Leslie White.

Subjects/Keywords: Anton Chekhov; cognitive literary criticism; comedy; humor theory; short story theory; Other English Language and Literature

…celebrated and oftimitated authorial legacy. Anton Chekhov; cognitive literary criticism; comedy… …13 vii Abstract While most critics agree that Anton Chekhov is a funny writer and much… …critical commentary about his comedic techniques identifies how Chekhov is humorous, none… …Russian childlike quality of . . . Chekhov. . .” -Doctor Zhivago While most critics agree that… …Chekhov is a funny writer and much critical commentary about his comedic techniques identifies… 

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APA (6th Edition):

Goode, Rich W, I. (2013). "Little Things": Chekhov's Children and Discourse in the Comic Short Story. (Thesis). University of New Orleans. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uno.edu/td/1630

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Goode, Rich W, IV. “"Little Things": Chekhov's Children and Discourse in the Comic Short Story.” 2013. Thesis, University of New Orleans. Accessed October 24, 2019. https://scholarworks.uno.edu/td/1630.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Goode, Rich W, IV. “"Little Things": Chekhov's Children and Discourse in the Comic Short Story.” 2013. Web. 24 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Goode, Rich W I. "Little Things": Chekhov's Children and Discourse in the Comic Short Story. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of New Orleans; 2013. [cited 2019 Oct 24]. Available from: https://scholarworks.uno.edu/td/1630.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Goode, Rich W I. "Little Things": Chekhov's Children and Discourse in the Comic Short Story. [Thesis]. University of New Orleans; 2013. Available from: https://scholarworks.uno.edu/td/1630

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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