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Dickensian Laughter: Essays on Dickens and Humour

Malcolm Andrews


How does Dickens make us laugh? This is the principal focus in this book. How can words on a page fire off into the reader's consciousness and jolt him or her into a smile, a giggle, or a hearty laugh? The book's method of composition has been essentially reactive. By and large, the author of this book has picked extracts from Dickens' novels, stories, journalism, and letters that have always made him laugh, and then explored (not necessarily discovered) how he has done it. This book approaches the topic through that route, rather than through any prefabricated theoretical framework. At the sa ... More

Keywords: laughter, Dickens, incongruity, wit and humour, comic timing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199651597
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199651597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Malcolm Andrews, author
Emeritus Professor, University of Kent