Alan Ayckbourn’s "Season’s Greetings" in the Comic by M.A., Oliver Baum

By M.A., Oliver Baum

Seminar paper from the 12 months 2007 within the topic English Language and Literature reports - Literature, grade: 1, collage of Marburg (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik), direction: SE: "British Drama from the Fifties to the Present", 15 entries within the bibliography, language: English, summary: This time period paper bargains with the location of Alan Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings within the English comedian culture. for this reason, i'm going to first placed Ayckbourn’s play in the old context of the recent drama, and as a consequence outline the time period “comedy”. Then, i'm going to turn out my thesis that Season’s Greetings fits either conventionality and innovation in regards to comedy. during this means, i'm going to additionally examine in how a ways Season’s Greetings as comedy comprises either farcical and tragic components, and matches different subgenres of comedy, too. Likewise, i'm going to examine how Ayckbourn uses the comedian in Season’s Greetings, and talk about if he keeps the comedian culture with a brand new emphasis with reference to the belief that he, like Shakespeare, writes performs for the spectator instead of the reader, between different issues. within the end, i'm going to recap and re-evaluate the significant theses of my time period paper and provides my very own prognosis approximately Ayckbourn’s drama. My thesis issues in to date that “the carrying on with existence that […] comedies have […] justifies our research of the style […]”. in addition to, English comedy has “the longest, so much non-stop general culture in Western literature”, during which its tendency to the meta-theatrical achieves an understanding of the comedian culture onstage (cf. Leggatt 2). besides, it truly is significant that critical problems with daily life are handled in a comic book way.

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