Comedy in Comparative Literature: Essays on Dante, Hoffman, Nietzsche, Wharton, Borges and Cabrera Infante Hardcover – 1 May 2011
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"...[explores] a wide range of modalities of laughter - and of related phenomena such as jokes, comedy and the comic, irony, play or folly - across the board and from board and the borders..." (Prof. Manfred Pfister Freie Universitat Berlin) "The authoritative, insightful readings contained in this collection represent a welcome contribution to research and scholarship in the field of comedy studies." (Prof. Eric Weitz Trinity College)"
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Table of Contents:
"The Trumpets of Dante's Inferno," Kathleen Haley (Brooklyn College)
"Uncanny Laughter: Reworking Freud's Theory of Jokes with E.T.A. Hoffmann's 'The Sandman'," Naomi Beeman (Emory University)
"Signifying Laughter: The Comic Style of Nietzsche's Die fröhliche Wissenschaft," Adrian Switzer (W. Kentucky University)
"The Laughter of Gods and Devils: Edith Wharton and the Coen Brothers on Deception, Disappointment, and Cosmic Irony," Svetlana Rukhelman (Harvard University)
"Jorge Luís Borges: Aesthetic Constructs and the Humanism of Play," Natalya Sukhonos (Harvard University)
"Rediscovering Laughter: Corporeal Follies in Guillermo Cabrera Infante's Tres tristes tigres," Kael Ashbaugh (Rutgers University)