Truth and the Comedic Art / Edition 1

Truth and the Comedic Art / Edition 1

by Michael Gelven
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791446646

ISBN-13: 9780791446645

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Traditional philosophy places a singular emphasis on tragedy, acting under the assumption that tragedy is more profound than comedy. Gelven argues that comedy deserves equal if not not greater attention from philosophy. Through the interpretative readings and concrete analysis of three classical works, Gelven shows that comedy provides an access to truth unavailable…  See more details below

Overview

Traditional philosophy places a singular emphasis on tragedy, acting under the assumption that tragedy is more profound than comedy. Gelven argues that comedy deserves equal if not not greater attention from philosophy. Through the interpretative readings and concrete analysis of three classical works, Gelven shows that comedy provides an access to truth unavailable by any other means. Silvius in Shakespeare's As You Like It, Cherubino in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and Lord Goring in Wilde's An Ideal Husband are examined in terms of why and how they are comic, along with how and why they are seen both as fools and yet as graced. Gelven finds that in revealing the spirit of graced folly, comedy teaches us about our own essence, the fundamental nature of our finitude. This will undoubtedly be of considerable importance not only to philosophical aestheticians or literary critics, but also for those seeking to understand the nature of truth itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791446645
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
185
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I. Comic Laughter

II. Silvius

III. Cherubino

IV. Lord Goring

V. Folly

VI. Grace

VII. Performance

VIII. Truth in Art

IX. Celebration

X. Fun

Epilogue

Index

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