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Published: 09 April 2009

232 Pages | 39 halftones


ISBN: 9780195381221

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Machine-Age Comedy

Michael North

Modernist Literature and Culture

  • Covers a wide range of cultural forms, from discussions of films starring Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to the art of Marcel Duchamp, to novels by Wyndham Lewis, Samuel Beckett, and David Foster Wallace
  • Penned by one of the most widely respected modernist scholars writing today
  • Puts forward the first fully developed theory of comedy in relation to modernity since Henri Bergson's at the beginning of the 20th century. It specifically challenges Bergson's notion that mechanical behavior is the object of comic ridicule, arguing instead that it is the source of comic enjoyment