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Title Dickensian laughter : essays on Dickens and humour / Malcolm Andrews.
Author Andrews, Malcolm, 1942-
Publication Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Copyright date ©2013
Edition First published in paperback.
Description xii, 194 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Call # 823 DICKENS A
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Opening a fresh vein of humour -- Staging comic anecdotes -- Comic timing -- Laughter and incongruity -- Falling apart laughing -- Laughter and laughers in Dickens -- What made Dickens laugh? -- Afterword : Dickensian laughter in a popular Dark Age.
Summary "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 Dickens criticism 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?"
Subject Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Humor in literature.
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. (OCoLC)fst00028294
Humor in literature. (OCoLC)fst00963735
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
ISBN 9780198728047 (paperback) :
0198728042 (paperback)

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