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This collection, the first of its kind, brings together specially commissioned academic essays to mark fifty years since the death of John Kennedy Toole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498585491
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 03/04/2022
Series: Politics, Literature, & Film
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.01(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Leslie Marsh is senior researcher in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at The University of British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Theory of Humor (Abridged) and the Comic Mechanisms of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces H. Vernon Leighton Chapter 2: The Literary Foolishness of Ignatius Reilly Jessica Hooten Wilson Chapter 3: ‘Amusingness Forced to Figure Itself Out’: Ignatius J. Reilly, Aesthetic Individualism, and the Modernism of Anti-Modernism Kenneth McIntyre Chapter 4: Theology and Geometry and Taste and Decency Leslie Marsh Chapter 5: The Consolation of Dunces Stephen Utz Chapter 6: Ignatius Reilly as the Knight of Faith W. Kenneth Holditch Chapter 7: John Kennedy Toole’s Queer Carnivalesque in A Confederacy of Dunces Tison Pugh Chapter 8: Ignatius’ Brain: Food and Sex in John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces Olga Colbert Chapter 9: Dunces and Dialogue: Ignatius J. Reilly’s Menippean Misreadings and Onanistic Annotations of Boethian Philosophy Anthony G. Cirilla Chapter 10: The Representation of Speech in A Confederacy of Dunces Connie Eble Chapter 11: Thelma Toole: As Herself Christopher R. Harris
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