Thesis Title

A Comparative Study: American and Japanese Comic Performances

Author

Shinya Inoue

Date of Graduation

Summer 1993

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

Theatre and Dance

Committee Chair

Linda Park-Fuller

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies

Abstract

This study compares the American and Japanese comic performances with a particular emphasis on situation comedy. The study uses Victor Turner's social drama approach as the method of investigation. As redress to each society, comic performances are analyzed in terms of the seven axes: festive, scatological, waggerish, violent, witty, satiric, and sympathetic. The study concludes that the proportion of the above seven axes, as they appear relevant in each culture, makes differnces in American and Japanese comic performances.

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© Shinya Inoue

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