The Ironic Temper and the Comic Imagination

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Wayne State University Press, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 249 pages
The Ironic Temper and the Comic Imagination examines and illuminates the role which the ironic temper plays in the creation of complex literary comedy. The book focuses on ironic comedy, though not of the kind that is characterized by the surprises and shocks, the incongruities and reversals, of circumstantial irony. Circumstantial—or situational—irony cannot stand alone; it serves, for example, the aggressive functions of satire, or the irrational impulses of farce, or the benevolent, whimsical, or pain-defeating energies of humor.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
2
19
IRONISTS AESTHETES AND DECADENTS
49
IRONISTS SATIRISTS AND HUMORISTS
85
THE LIGHTNESS OF IRONIC COMEDY
143
THE DARKNESS OF IRONIC COMEDY
180
Notes
214
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Morton Gurewitch has taught English at Brown University and at the State University of New York at Cortland. The author of Comedy: The Irrational Vision, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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