The Idea of Comedy: History, Theory, Critique (Google eBook)

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 287 pages
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One of the few constants in Western critical though for over two millennia has been the inexhaustible fascination with comedy: what it is and how it works. Yet comedy has eluded every definition. Why have so many of the leading critics and philosophers of the West proposed theories and counter-theories of comedy while often admitting that it enthralls and baffles the mind in equal measure? The Idea of Comedy: A Critique assembles a rich corpus of materials from different languages and eras to construct a history of the commentaries and reflections, the theoretical postulates and conjectures, and the often acrimonious debates about comedy-through the centuries from Plato and Aristotle to our contemporaries. The aim is dual: to situate comic theories in their historical moment, as participants in the wider intellectual currents of their time, and to trace underlying types of consensus and dispute running through different theories and intellectual generations. The book brings into view the full landscape of comic theory as a field of ideas, a terrain of thought extending from antique to recent conceptions.
  

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Contents

From Classical to Modern The Arc from Ethical to Social Conceptions
23
The Classical Attitude
24
The Renaissance Attitude and After
31
Early Modernist Theory
42
Theory and Resistance
55
The Dominant Modernist Conception of Comedy Premises and Elisions
64
Modernist Residua of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
66
The Dominant Satiric NeoAristotelian View
83
The Medieval Fool Tradition
150
Fooling Theory
162
The Interlude of Postmodernist Conceptions
173
Late Century Overview
174
The Ludic Terrain of Postmodern Theory
193
Comedy in Contemporary Thought
205
The Butts of Reason
217
The Return of Systems and Aesthetics
232

The Legacy of the Dominant Through 2000
98
The Late Modernist Conception of Comedy Premises and Elisions
109
The Emergent Populist Theory
110
The Comic Hero and Modernist Legacies
120
Twin Modernist Elisions
143
The Contemporary Idea of Comedy
247
The Idea of Comedy
253
Comedy as an Idea
259
Reference List
267
Index
279

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Jan Hokenson is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Florida Atlantic University.

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