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Jane Austen and Comedy - Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650-1850 (Hardback)
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Jane Austen and Comedy - Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650-1850 (Hardback)

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Hardback 250 Pages / Published: 30/04/2019
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Jane Austen and Comedy takes for granted two related notions. First, Jane Austen's books are funny; they induce laughter, and that laughter is worth attending to for a variety of reasons. Second, Jane Austen's books are comedies, understandable both through the generic form that ends in marriage after the potential hilarity of romantic adversity and through a more general promise of wish fulfillment. In bringing together Austen and comedy, which are both often dismissed as superfluous or irrelevant to a contemporary world, this collection of essays directs attention to the ways we laugh, the ways that Austen may make us do so, and the ways that our laughter is conditioned by the form in which Austen writes: comedy. Jane Austen and Comedy invites reflection not only on her inclusion of laughter and humor, the comic, jokes, wit, and all the other topics that can so readily be grouped under the broad umbrella that is comedy, but also on the idea or form of comedy itself, and on the way that this form may govern our thinking about many things outside the realm of Austen's work.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9781684480784
Number of pages: 250
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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Jane Austen and Comedy represents a long-overdue recognition of the sheer importance of Jane Austen's humor to critique her own society--and ours. Contributors to Erin M. Goss's essay collection navigate the tricky terrain of Austen's laughter, inviting readers to take seriously things not always taken seriously. In their nuanced and often sophisticated readings, they argue that her comedy, far from distracting from political reality or promoting insular nostalgia, signals resistance and even survival, for where tragedy forecloses possibility, comedy asserts a future.--Jocelyn Harris "author of Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen "
Jane Austen and Comedy takes a fresh and capacious approach to its subject. These engaging contributions range from Eric Lindstrom's reading of Austen as a philosophical humorist to Misty Krueger's discussion of Austen's fandom and contemporary "mashups." Contributions by Erin Goss, Sean Dempsey, Michael Kramp and David Sigler and others bring together the generic history of comedy, elements of Freudian psychoanalysis, and nuanced readings of Austen's texts to broaden our understanding of what comedy means in Austen and why it matters today--Toby Benis "author of Romantic Diasporas "

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