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Neo-Victorian Killing Humour: Laughing at Death in the Opium Wars / Marie-luise Kohlke

Neo-Victorian Humour: Comic Subversions and Unlaughter in Contemporary Historical Re-Visions, Volume: 5, Pages: 71 - 102

Swansea University Author: Kohlke, Marie-luise

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Via discussion of Peter Nichols' pantomime *Poppy*, George MacDonald Fraser's *Flashman and the Dragon*, and Amitav Ghosh's *Flood of Fire*, this chapter explores the ethical issues arising from the representation of historical trauma and bloodshed, specifically the nineteenth-century...

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Published in: Neo-Victorian Humour: Comic Subversions and Unlaughter in Contemporary Historical Re-Visions
ISBN: 9789004336605 9879004336612
Published: Leiden, The Netherlands Brill / Rodopi 2017
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa36096
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Abstract: Via discussion of Peter Nichols' pantomime *Poppy*, George MacDonald Fraser's *Flashman and the Dragon*, and Amitav Ghosh's *Flood of Fire*, this chapter explores the ethical issues arising from the representation of historical trauma and bloodshed, specifically the nineteenth-century Opium Wars, through the comic mode.
Keywords: black humour, ethics, Amitav Ghosh, imperialism, 'killing humour', George MacDonald Fraser, Peter Nichols, Opium Wars
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 71
End Page: 102