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Evolution of Comedy I






The history of comedy, beginning in Greece and Rome, through the Italian renaissance (Commedia erudita and Commedia dell' arte), Elizabethan England, 17th-century France, the English Restoration, to the Hollywood comedy of the 1930’s and 1940’s. 

Evolution of Comedy II

An exploration of the evolutions of mass culture comedy, focusing on social and political significance. 

American Comedy Archives

Selected Books

Other Primary Document Sources