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

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

by Lisa Trahair
 

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The Comedy of Philosophy brings modern debates in continental philosophy to bear on the historical study of early cinematic comedy. Through the films of Mack Sennett, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and the Marx Brothers, Lisa Trahair investigates early cinema's exploration of sense and nonsense by utilizing the contributions to the philosophy of comedy

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The Comedy of Philosophy brings modern debates in continental philosophy to bear on the historical study of early cinematic comedy. Through the films of Mack Sennett, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and the Marx Brothers, Lisa Trahair investigates early cinema's exploration of sense and nonsense by utilizing the contributions to the philosophy of comedy made by Freud and Bataille and by examining significant poststructuralist interpretations of their work. Trahair explores the shift from the excessive physical slapstick of the Mack Sennett era to the so-called structural comedy of the 1920s, and also offers a new perspective on the importance of psychoanalysis for the study of film by focusing on the implications of Freud's theory of the unconscious for our understanding of visuality.

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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 PÂonowska Ziarek, coeditor of Revolt, Affect, Collectivity: The Unstable Boundaries of Kristeva’s Polis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791479322
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/18/2009
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Lisa Trahair is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of New South Wales.

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