Split down the sides: on the subject of laughter
This book is a study of the interrelationship between comedy and selfhood. While most people have a clear idea of what is meant by comedy, the notion of a self is much more enigmatic and therefore requires illumination.
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Defining the Subject
Self as Structure
Self as Individual
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actor ambivalence Amphitryon Ancient Greek comedy Aristophanic awareness behaviour bodily body boundaries brain Candomble causal celebration chapter cognitive comedy comedy's comic commedia dell'arte concept consciousness context contradiction dead death Devil diabolical Dionysus disorder embodied entity Essex girls example existence experience fact Falstaff fear festive fictive Finnegans Wake folly fool function grotesque Guildenstern happy ending Harmondsworth human humour Ibid individual interaction jokes laughing laughter law of identity London madness Martin Amis matter means medieval memory metaphor mind moral narrator negation negative non-self normally Northrop Frye nose object one's organism ourselves P. F. Strawson Parfit parody Penguin performance personal identity pharmakos philosophical physical play possibility potential presupposes question Rabelais Rachel Papers rational recognition reflection ritual role Rosencrantz Samuel Beckett satire scapegoat self-difference sense sexual simply Slaughterhouse-Five social Socrates sort spectator structure temporal theatrical traditional transgression Trickster unity University Press words