Comic Women (Some Men Are Also Involved)

  • Susanne CollearyEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comedy book series (PSCOM)


This chapter links the comic analyses of the plays, drawn out in the last chapter, and allies those considerations of expression and purpose to some central ideas in humorous thought. The discussion begins with the comic mode of incongruity and its relationship to the comic device of the double act. It applies that thinking to the comedy couple in the plays, and to the women playing along its borders, before connecting the device to its comic intentions for the audience. The conversation then moves on towards an in-depth consideration of comic women in popular theatre and in Irish political melodrama. Finally, it proposes the comic everywoman as a means of encapsulating Irish comic women in the popular houses and in dialectical relationship with her audience.


Double act Benign comedy Tragi-comic Satire Slapstick Reversals Comic Everywoman 


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  1. 1.Institute of Technology SligoSligoIreland

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