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The end result of a lifetime's fascination with humor in all its kinds, this booklet is the 1st in any language to include such a magnificent span of authors and this kind of huge diversity of themes in French literary humor.

In 9 wide-ranging chapters Walter Redfern considers assorted writers and subject matters, together with: Diderot, seen as a giggling thinker, normally via his fiction (Les Bijoux indiscrets, Le Neeu de Rameau, and Jacques le fataliste); humorlessness, corraling Rousseau, Sade, the Christian God, and Jean-Pierre Brisset; the aesthete Huysmans, in either his avatars, Symbolist and Naturalist (A Rebours, Sac au dos, and different texts); the dramatic use of parrots through Flaubert, Queneau, and Beckett; Vallès and la blague; exaggeration in Vallès and Cd'eline (Mort à credit and L'Enfant); the fiction, performs, and autobiography of Sartre; undesirable jokes in Beckett; wordplay in Tournier's fiction (especially Roi des aulnes and Les Météores).

Five interleaved "riffs" on laughter, desires, black humor, politics, and style, hold the enquiry into questions of humor outdoors of the in simple terms French context, improving a publication that impresses as a lot with its vivacity of fashion as with the breadth and intensity of its scholarship.

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