Four Seasons:  Variations in American

Vitalist Film Comedy

by Paul H. Grawe and Robin Jaeckle Grawe

Institute for Travesty, Comedy, and Humor Studies 2018

The Sound of Music Poster

My Fair Lady Poster

Rocky Poster

Fiddler on the Roof Poster



Theoretical Foundations of Vitalist Comedy

1.      Vitalist Comedy:  Expectations

2.      Langerian Momentary Vitalism

3.      Vitalist Regain Forms of Frye and Watts

4.      Vitalism of Gladness-Impulse Spirit

5.      Comedy and Dynamis

6.      Vitalist Techniques in Practice:

Steel Magnolias, My Fair Lady, and The Sound of Music

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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