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1.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing idea, utterly lacking in substance, August 3, 2007
This review is from: Comedy, Tragedy, and Religion (Paperback)
Whoever wrote the Library Journal review has obviously never studied tragedy or religion and has probably never actually read Morreal's book (lucky soul) - or perhaps any book whatsoever. This study is not "groundbreaking"; indeed, it barely even warrants the name study. In this "scholarly" book, Morreal--borrowing liberally from other works--creates a bullet point list of the major characteristics in comedies and tragedies and systematically assigns them to different world religions. For example, comedy often involves power reversals. In Christianity, the last shall be first. Therefore, Morreal concludes that Christianity is largely comic. Why this information is important, relevant, or even interesting, he does not bother to address. There is no depth to this work or even a pretense of depth. An accounting major could have done it.
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