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Malcolm Andrews

Dickensian Laughter

Essays on Dickens and Humour

€ 36.74


`How does Dickens make his readers laugh? What is the distinctive character of Dickensian humour? These are the questions explored in this book on a topic that has been strangely neglected in critical studies over the last half century. Dickens`s friend and biographer John Forster declared that: `His leading quality was Humour.` At the end of Dickens`s career he was acclaimed as `the greatest English Humourist since Shakespeare`s time.` In 1971 the critic Philip Collins surveyed recent decades of Dickenscriticism and asked `from how many discussions of Dickens in the learned journals would one ever guess that (as Dickens himself thought) humour was his leading quality, his highest faculty?` Forty years later, that rhetorical question has lost none of its force. Why? Perhaps Dickens`s genius as a humourist is simply taken for granted, and critics prefer to turn to his other achievements; or perhaps humour is too hard to analyse without spoiling the fun?



Taal / Language : English

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Paperback / softback
194 pagina's
Januari 2016
163 gram
197 x 133 x 19 mm
Oxford Univ Pr us


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