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Baudelaire and the Art of Memory$
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J. A. Hiddleston

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159322.001.0001

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De l'essence du rire

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(p.101) 3 De l'essence du rire
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Baudelaire and the Art of Memory
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J. A. Hiddleston

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159322.003.0003

This chapter analyses Baudelaire's theory of laughter. It attempts to identify and tease out some of the contradictions in the argument, in which the doctrine of the Fall seems to sit badly with the joy which, as in Hoffmann, is said to characterize ‘le comique absolu’.

Keywords:   Baudelaire, laughter, theory of laughter, doctrine of the Fall, joy, le comique absolu

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