Comedy After Postmodernism: Rereading Comedy from Edward Lear to Charles Willeford

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Januar 2001



Is comedy postmodern?Kirby Olson posits that no one has been more marginalized than the comic writer, whose irreverent truths have always made others uncomfortable. In a literary age that purports to champion diversity, comic writers remain an underclass huddling at the fringes of the canon. Olson challenges the status quo by inviting the comic writer into the center of literary debate.In the growing discipline of humor studies, Olson is the first to create a substantial link between the fields of comedy and postmodernism, discovering in comic writers a philosophy of oddness and paradox that parallels and extends the work of the major postmodern thinkers.With elegant clarity, Comedy After Post-modernism examines: Edward Lear as he invents a comic picturesque to challenge the sublime of Kant and RuskinGregory Corso as he explodes the Great Chain of Being of his early CatholicismPhilippe Soupault as a comic surrealist undoing the sacrificial aesthetics of Andre BretonP.G. Wodehouse as a social thinker with surprisingly deep affinities to anarchist Peter Kropotkin and radical social theorist Charles FourierStewart Home, the infamously violent punk author, as a pacifist whose narrative questions Marxist-anarchist terrorism in favor of patience and toleranceCharles Willeford, the maestro of the black humor police procedural, as a postmodern philosopher who deepens the problems of ethical and aesthetic judgment after postmodernism.


The Comic Poets against the Sublime Edward Lear: Deleuzian Landscape Painter Gregory Corso: Doubting Thomist Comic Fiction Writers and the Problem of the Just Philippe Soupault and the Comedy of the Parisian Derive Bertie and Jeeves at the End of History: P.G. Wodehouse as Political Scientist The War on the Home Front: Comedy and Political Identity in the Work of Stewart Home Postmodernism and the Crisis of Judgment in Charles Willeford's The Burnt Orange Heresy
EAN: 9780896724402
ISBN: 0896724409
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2001
Seitenanzahl: 184 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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