Comic Effects: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humor in Literature

Comic Effects: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humor in Literature

by Paul Lewis
     
 

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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

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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.

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Lewis (English, Boston College) argues for an interdisciplinary approach to the study of humor, noting that sociologists and psychologists, and writers and performers share an interest, but bring very different tools to the field. He also discusses the social and political uses of humor, and its relationship to development and fear. Paperback edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“Comic Effects will be lauded in the academic journals as a salient contribution to the study of humor.” — Joseph Boskin, Boston University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791400234
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/1989
Pages:
179
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Paul Lewis is Associate Professor of English at Boston College.

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