Laughing Matters: Comic Tradition in India

封面
University of Chicago Press, 1987年12月9日 - 497 頁
"How can anyone laugh who knows of old age, disease, and death?"—Buddhacarita

This question, so solemnly posed by the young Buddha, first led Lee Siegel to examine the hitherto unexplored realm of Indian comedy. Laughing Matters is Siegel's account of two intersecting journeys: a search for comic traditions created and preserved in Sanskrit literature and a journey through modern India in quest of a laughter that persists across time and culture.

Hearing a boisterous and bawdy voice from India's past, Siegel has provided original and highly entertaining translations of Sanskrit literature that reveal a sparkling sensibility embedded in the texts. These translations are integrated with a detailed analysis of the types and structures of India's mirth. Siegel develops an original theory of comedy and laughter, applying it to reveal the humor in the ancient works. Defining sacred and profane comedy and the "taste" and "erotics" of laughter, he delineates two main Indian categories of comedy—laughter at others and laughter at oneself—which are roughly parallel to the Western traditions of satire and humor. He examines these categories in all of their forms and functions: satires of manners, social satire, and religious satire; and human and divine comedy. Siegel concludes by presenting his perceptions of humor in modern India as seen through cartoons, movies, books, and social gatherings.

Laughing Matters is both a serious and a hilarious study of the Indian comic sense of life—a vision formed in the convergence of the bitter insight of satire and the sweet outlook of humor. Past and present, the contextual and the universal, scholarship and the picaresque, are all interwoven in this original treatise on the aesthetics of comedy and the psychology of laughter.
 

讀者評論 - 撰寫評論

我們找不到任何評論。

內容

The Laughter of the Sons of Bharata
57
The Laughter of Kālī
94
The Laughter of the Child
145
Hypocrisy and the Degradation
187
The Laughter of the Weaver
245
The Laughter of the Jackal
291
The Laughter of Krsna
339
The Laughter of Śiva
373
The Laughter of Kumāra
409
Bibliographic Essay
465
Bibliography of Indian Texts Cited
471
Illustration Citations
481
Subject Index
489
版權所有

其他版本 - 查看全部

常見字詞

關於作者 (1987)

Lee Siegel is professor of religion at the University of Hawaii. He is the author of Vivisections, Sacred and Profane Love in Indian Traditions, and Fires of Love/Waters of Peace.

書目資訊