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Four Seasons:  Variations in American Vitalist Film Comedy

Institute for Travesty, Comedy, and Humor Studies 2015


Four Seasons Contents

About the Authors



Work in Progress by Paul H. Grawe and Robin Jaeckle Grawe


Theoretical Foundations of Vitalist Comedy

1.      Vitalist Comedy:  Expectations

2.      Langerian Momentary Vitalism

3.      Vitalist Forms of Frye and Watts

4.      Vitalism of Gladness-Impulse Spirit

5.      Comedy and Dynamis

6.      Vitalist Techniques in Practice

The Seasons of Vitalist Comedy

7.      Spring Vitalism:  The Student Prince

8.      Spring Vitalism: The Sound of Music

9.      Summer Vitalism:  Roman Holiday

10.  Summer Vitalism:  My Fair Lady and On Golden Pond

11. Fall Vitalism:  Rocky

12.  Fall Vitalism:  Life with Father (with allusions to Forrest Gump)

13.  Winter Vitalism:  Fiddler on the Roof

14.  Winter Vitalism:  Driving Miss Daisy

      Works Cited



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