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Beschreibung"John Limon's book opens up exciting new possibilities in cultural studies. Stand-up comedy--manic, smutty, abusive, improvisatory--has up to now evaded academic critics, as if its pleasures were too volatile for examination. Limon carries off the feat--rarely achieved by analysts of humour--of taking comedy seriously without spoiling the jokes."--Maud Ellmann, University of Cambridge
InhaltsverzeichnisIntroduction: Approximations, apologies, acknowledgements Inrage: A Lenny Bruce joke and the topography of standup Nectarines: Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks Analytic of the ridiculous: Mike Nichols and Elaine May Journey to the end of the night: David Letterman with Kristeva, Celine, Scorsese Scatology: Richard Pryor in concert Skirting, kidding: Ellen DeGeneres and Paula Poundstone Notes; Works cited
PortraitJohn Limon is Professor of English at Williams College. He is the author of "The Place of Fiction in the Time of Science" and "Writing after War."
Pressestimmen"Limon's close readings of specific comic performances are masterful, making vivid and compelling his larger and more abstract arguments about the ways that comedy allows us to deal with the process of cultural abjection. Speaking as someone who has taught and written about the American comic tradition for more than a decade, I can honestly say I learned something significant about each of the performers he examines." - Henry Jenkins, author of Classical Hollywood Comedy "John Limon's book opens up exciting new possibilities in cultural studies by enlisting cutting-edge literary theory into the analysis of popular entertainment. Stand-up comedy - manic, smutty, abusive, improvisatory - has up to now evaded academic critics, as if its pleasures were too volatile for examination. Limon carries off the feat - rarely achieved by analysts of humour - of taking comedy seriously without spoiling the jokes. Amazingly, the gags get even funnier in this delightful romp through stand-up routines that range from male Jewish entertainers, such as Lenny Bruce, who founded the genre, to black, gay, and female comedians whose recent emergence testifies to a general 'comedification' of Americans. Limon defines stand-up comedy as 'abjection stood-up': abjection in the sense of degradation, filth, prostration, self-disgust; stood-up in the sense of circumvented, but also in the sense of raised upright. In stand-up comedy our own abjection stands up to us, arousing an explosive laughter that imperils our state as finished beings. It's this pleasure, seized at the brink of self-annihilation, that Limon rescues and redoubles for us in his ingenious anatomy of stand-up wit." - Maud Ellmann, University of Cambridge
Untertitel: 'New Americanists'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: DUKE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2000
Seitenanzahl: 160 Seiten