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Comic Effects
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humor in Literature
Comic Effects
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Paul Lewis - Author
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Hardcover - 179 pages
Release Date: August 1989
ISBN10: 0-7914-0022-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0022-7

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Paperback - 179 pages
Release Date: August 1989
ISBN10: 0-7914-0023-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0023-4

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Summary

"Comic Effects will be lauded in the academic journals as a salient contribution to the study of humor." -- Joseph Boskin, Boston University

Lewis draws on both humor theories and research, arguing for the development of interdisciplinary methodologies in the study of literary humor. He demonstrates that the sociologist of humor and the comic playwright approach the same subject--humor in and between groups--with different tools, that writers of Bildungsromane and developmental psychologists share a common interest in the role of humor in maturation, and that the monsters that haunt the psyches of professional comedians can be useful in understanding the odd minglings of humor and fear in Gothic fiction. His treatment of writers who differ widely in their use of humor suggests that the complexity and diversity of humor make it a richly variable determinant of character, genre, and writer.

Paul Lewis is Associate Professor of English at Boston College.


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Table of Contents

Preface

1. Humor Criticism and Humor Research

2. The Politics of Comedy and the Social Functions of Humor

3. Humor and Maturation in Fictions of Development

4. Humor and Fear in the Gothic


Conclusion
Notes
Index


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