Laura Cristina POP
Muzeul Etnografic al Transilvaniei
The comic is interpreted considering the historical trajectory of its manifestations. Starting with the chroniclers, Hașdeu, Șăineanu, Ispirescu, Pamfile, tried to define the humour, to give name to different comic categories. Ovidiu Bîrlea was the one who classified the comic species of our literary folklore.
We have showed the occasions when this species is acted, and who are the emblematic comic characters of the literary folklore. From Nastratin Hogea, Till Ulenspiegel, Ludas Matyi to Păcală, they are all the same. They are different only in what regards their countries; spiritually, they have a perpetual humour, they re-invent themselves.
Keywords: literary folklore, Păcală, the classification of „snoave”, humour in the literary folklore