Last year, I attended a day of lectures on Theories of Comedy and Shakespearean Comedy. I’ve just found the notes, lurking on my iPad. They may be of some use to you as you begin to work on your coursework essay. Feel free to ask if there’s anything that doesn’t make sense.
Lecture 1: A Serious Introduction to some Theories of Comedy, Dr. Barrie Saywood
Lecture 2: The Structure of Dramatic Comedy, Dr. Paul McDonald
Lecture 3: Shakespearean Comedy: Plot and Theme, Prof. John McRae
Lecture 4: Shakespearean Comedy: Language and Character
** Am missing the first page of this. If I remember correctly, the first subheading was ‘Much Ado About Nothing: Don John **