The following links are my notes about some of the literary theory that we’re discussing this semester. They are offered as thoughts about our readings, not definitive interpretations of these challenging texts. I will likely be adding to this list all semester, but you might wish to subscribe to the Humanities Index RSS feed.
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Comedy is, as I have said, an imitation of lower types; though it does not include the full range of badness, nevertheless to be ridiculous is a kind of deformity. The causes of laughter are errors and deformities that do not pain or injure us; the comic mask, for instance, is deformed and distorted but not painfully so.
A tragedy must not be a spectacle of a perfectly good man brought from prosperity to adversity. For this merely shocks us. Nor, of course must it be that of a bad man passing from adversity to prosperity; for that is not tragedy at all, but the perversion of tragedy, and revolts the moral sense.