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French Laughter : Literary Humour from Diderot to Tournier (Hardcover)

Author: Redfern, Walter

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The culmination of a lifetime's fascination with humor in all its forms, this book is the first in any language to embrace such an impressive span of authors and such a broad range of topics in French literary humor.

In nine wide-ranging chapters Walter Redfern considers diverse writers and topics, including: Diderot, viewed as a laughing philosopher, mainly through his fiction (Les Bijoux indiscrets,Le Neeu de Rameau, and Jacques le fataliste); humorlessness, corraling Rousseau, Sade, the Christian God, and Jean-Pierre Brisset; the aesthete Huysmans, in both his avatars, Symbolist and Naturalist (A Rebours,Sac au dos, and other texts); the dramatic use of parrots by Flaubert, Queneau, and Beckett; Vall?s andla blague; exaggeration in Vall?s and Cd'eline (Mort ? credit andL'Enfant); the fiction, plays, and autobiography of Sartre; bad jokes in Beckett; wordplay in Tournier's fiction (especiallyRoi des aulnes and Les M?t?ores).

Five interleaved "riffs" on laughter, dreams, black humor, politics, and taste, carry the enquiry into questions of humor outside of the purely French context, enhancing a book that impresses as much with its vivacity of style as with the breadth and depth of its scholarship.


Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780199237579
SKU 207654612
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0199237573
Release Date 6/11/2013
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0245
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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