The aim of this book is to adopt a holistic method in order to explore the question of comedy as narrative and dramatic structure in a selection of contemporary German language dramas. This book also seeks to suggest some of the ways in which comedy does in fact have a significant role to play in ther German theatre of the late 20th twentieth century.
Part 1 Theoretical considerations: analyzing the comic -critical tradition and the holistic perspective; theories of the comic - conceptual issues and a contemporary approach; theories of comic genre; comedy and the German tradition - comic mastery and aesthetic practice. Part 2 Comedy in practice - psychological perspectives and dramatic case studies: comedy and communication -dramatizing the social - Botho Strauss - "Trilogie des Wiedersehens"; comedy hostility and aggression - killing oneself laughing - Franz Xaver Kroetz and the comedy of brutality; gender and comedy - escaping the negative? Elfriede Jelinek - "Krankheit oder Moderne Frauen"; comic creativity - playful potential, Herbert Achternbusch - "Sintflut"; conclusion.