Satire

Satire

Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using…

Tragicomedy

Tragicomedy

Tragicomedy is a literary genre that blends aspects of both tragic and comic forms. Most often seen in dramatic literature, the term can variously describe either a tragic play which contains enough comic elements to lighten the overall mood or, often, a serious play with a happy ending. Dallas Baptist University Excellent explanation of the…

Comedie-Ballet

Comedie-Ballet

Comédie-ballet is a genre of French drama which mixes a spoken play with interludes containing music and dance. Dictionary Very good discussion about Moliere and his comedies-ballets (translated from French). The Literary Encyclopedia Outstanding (archived) article on Moliere and his comedie-ballet. Theatre History.com Biography of French playwright and inventor of comedie-ballet Jean Baptiste Moliere. University…

Domestic Comedy

Domestic Comedy

The Museum of Broadcast Communications Excellent article on the television genre domestic comedy, its origins, characteristics and examples of shows. Similarities can easily be drawn from this information for understanding the domestic comedy genre in the theatre.