Celestino Deleyto
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The theory of romantic comedy
in The secret life of romantic comedy
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Romantic comedy has been described as a narrative of the heterosexual couple with a happy ending in which humour does not necessarily play an important part. The comic, protective, erotically-charged space is the space of romantic comedy. Humour can be theorised as integral to the genre even if there are some films that do not provoke laughter. There can be little doubt that the happy ending is a recurrent convention of the genre, but excessive concentration on this feature has tended to obscure the importance of humour. Another consequence of this critical emphasis has been the relegation of the rest of the comic narrative from critical discussion, especially of the middle section. The chapter also briefly illustrates how a film generally taken as a romantic comedy (although not only) might be analysed taking into account the main characteristics of the genre.

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