The Comedy of Philosophy: Sense and Nonsense in Early Cinematic Slapstick

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Melds philosophical analysis with early cinematic history to develop a fresh theory of the notion of comedy.
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Melds philosophical analysis with early cinematic history to develop a fresh theory of the notion of comedy.
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This is a timely and important book. It offers a nuanced yet rigorous negotiation between the philosophical discourse on laughter, psychoanalytic theory of jokes and the comic, and the contribution of silent comedies to our understanding of the comic. Trahair is equally at home in all three of these fields and their specific modes of interpretation.— Ewa Ponowska Ziarek, coeditor of Revolt, Affect, Collectivity: The Unstable Boundaries of Kristeva's Polis
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Lisa Trahair is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of New South Wales.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. The Comedy of Philosophy: Hegel, Bataille, and Derrida

2. Restricted and General Economy: Narrative, Gag and Slapstick in One Week

3. The Machine of Comedy: Gunning, Deleuze, and Buster Keaton

4. Fool’s Gold: Metamorphoses in Sherlock Jr.

5. Jokes and Their Relation to...

6. The Comic: Degradation and Refinement in 1920s Cinematic Slapstick

7. From Words to Images (Gagging)

8. Figural Vision: Freud, Lyotard, and City Lights

9. Preposterous Figurality: Comic Cinema and Bad Metaphor

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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