Humour Theory and the Subversion of Dialogue: The Art - and Craft - of the Stand-up Comic

By Phyllis M. Wrenn.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Discourse analysis of a humorous monologue composed in dialogue form reveals how the monologuist exploits dialogue structure or manipulates dialoguers' roles to portray, for comic effect, the breakdown of communication.

Keywords: Dialogue Structure, Discourse Grammar, Humour, One-man Sketch

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 10, pp.123-132. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.862MB).

Dr. Phyllis M. Wrenn

Dr Wrenn has a longstanding scholarly (and personal) interest in the humorous monologue, and has published several linguistic and more recently textual (discourse) analyses of French examples of the genre. After serving in the Administration of Graduate Studies (as Associate Dean) at Simon Fraser University, she returned to full-time teaching in the Department of French, of which she is currently Chair; she has been Director of the Department's annual Field School in Tours, France, and is a Founding member of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia.


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