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Anecdote, Comic

  • By: Ralph Müller
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

Anecdotes are short narratives that recount remarkable events that may have happened to a historical person and are remembered because of their witty or humorous ending. Despite the regular references to historically important persons or historically documented events, anecdotes are not necessarily factual reports. In fact, the anecdote's function as a form to narrate something symptomatic or characteristic of a historical personality, a social prototype, or a historical situation is more important than the representation of authentic events.

Comic anecdotes evolved from a genre of historiography. The following explanations will, therefore, differentiate between historiographic anecdotes and comic anecdotes.

Historiographical Anecdotes

In Greek, the word anecdota originally meant “unpublished writings”: In its original sense, it was used to refer to texts that had never been published before. In particular, ...

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