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What's So Funny about the Nineteenth Century? / Marie-luise Kohlke

Neo-Victorian Humour: Comic Subversions and Unlaughter in Contemporary Historical Re-Visions, Pages: 1 - 43

Swansea University Author: Kohlke, Marie-luise

Abstract

Theorising the neo-Victorian comic vein through the dominant modes of humour (as superiority and incongruity), this chapter argues that neo-Victorian works employ humour in intrinsically paradoxical ways to foreground both its ethical and unethical dimensions in the service of cultural memory.

Published in: Neo-Victorian Humour: Comic Subversions and Unlaughter in Contemporary Historical Re-Visions
ISBN: 9789004336605 9789004336612
Published: Leiden, The Netherlands Brill / Rodopi 2017
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa36099
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Abstract: Theorising the neo-Victorian comic vein through the dominant modes of humour (as superiority and incongruity), this chapter argues that neo-Victorian works employ humour in intrinsically paradoxical ways to foreground both its ethical and unethical dimensions in the service of cultural memory.
Keywords: comic justice, empathy, ethics, humour, incongruity, metafiction, neo-Victorian, Othering, post-ethics, superiority, symbolic violence,
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 1
End Page: 43