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Farces


  • Comedy plays characterized by improbable situations, physical antics, fast-moving action, and stock characters.

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    • Farces
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    • Farcical drama
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  • Sources

    • found: Quinn, E. A dictionary of literary and thematic terms, c1999(farce. A type of dramatic comedy characterized by broad, visual effects, fast moving action, and stock characters, whose escapades lead them to, but never beyond, the brink of disaster.)
    • found: Wilson, E. The theater experience, c2004, via McGraw-Hill Higher Education online learning center, Nov. 14, 2012:glossary (Farce: One of the major genres of drama, sometimes regarded as a subclass of comedy. It aims to entertain and to provoke laughter, and its humor is a result primarily of physical activity and visual effects.)
    • found: Baldick, C. The Oxford dict. of literary terms, 2008(farce. A kind of comedy that inspires hilarity mixed with panic and cruelty in its audience through an increasingly rapid and improbable series of ludicrous confusions, physical disasters, and sexual innuendos among its stock characters. Farcical episodes of buffoonery can be found in European drama of all periods since Aristophanes; as a distinct form of full-length comedy farce dates from the 19th century; a writer of farces is sometimes called a farceur)
    • found: LCSH, Oct. 22, 2014(Farces)
  • General Notes

    • Comedy plays characterized by improbable situations, physical antics, fast-moving action, and stock characters.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-15: revised
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