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French Laughter: Literary Humour from Diderot to Tournier

Walter Redfern

Abstract

The culmination of a lifetime's fascination with humour in all its forms, this book embraces an impressive span of authors and a broad range of topics in French literary humour. It considers diverse writers and topics, including: Diderot, viewed as a laughing philosopher, mainly through his fiction (Les Bijoux indiscrets, Le Neeu de Rameau and Jacques le fataliste); humourlessness, corraling Rousseau, Sade, the Christian God, and Jean-Pierre Brisset; the aesthete Huysmans, in both his avatars, Symbolist and Naturalist (A Rebours, Sac au dos and other texts); the dramatic use of parrots by Flau ... More

Keywords: Diderot, Rousseau, Sade, Jean-Pierre Brisset, aesthete Huysmans, Flaubert, Queneau, Beckett, Vallès, laughter

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199237579
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237579.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter Redfern, author
Emeritus Professor of French Studies, University of Reading