Comedy
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1. Concept

A comedy (German KomödieLustspiel) is a drama presenting primarily comic characters and light-hearted situations. Although no fixed definition exists, some dominant characteristics can be discerned in the early modern period. The ending is generally a happy one, not infrequently a wedding as a reconciliatory celebration of life, the “ending in peace.” The setting is often an everyday or private environment, certain…

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Niefanger, Dirk, “Comedy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022465>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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