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dc.contributor.advisorTodd, William M.en_US
dc.contributor.advisorGirón-Negrón, Luisen_US
dc.contributor.advisorRyan, Judithen_US
dc.contributor.authorShonkwiler, Curten_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-18T13:09:39Z
dc.date.created2015-03en_US
dc.date.issued2015-02-03en_US
dc.date.submitted2015en_US
dc.identifier.citationShonkwiler, Curt. 2015. Humor as Epiphanic Awareness and Attempted Self-Transcendence. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:14226070
dc.description.abstractThe starting premise of this dissertation is that the formal techniques of comedy make the comic novel a distinct form within the category of the novel, not just in terms of content, the way one novelistic genre is distinct from another, but also in terms of form, similar to the way poetry is distinct from prose. The argument is that the formal structures of comedy, such as set-ups, punchlines, and comic rhythm, combine to constitute a formally rigorous, almost rule-bound art form. These techniques are explored through close readings of various 20th century comic novels, in particular Voyage au bout de la nuit by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Le Sabotage amoureux by Amélie Nothomb, Moskva-Pethushki by Venedikt Erofeev and Catch-22 Joseph Heller. The further extension of this argument is that these formal structures create certain fundamental characteristics the comic novel, which in turn instantiate spiritual and emotional functions of the comedy on a structural level. The most important of these functions are that comedy serves creates a sudden, epiphanic awareness of reality, a sense of self-transcendence, and an instant bond between people. Finally, the dissertation considers the limitations of these functions. For example, comedy creates awareness of that which was previously latently grasped, but rarely substantively new knowledge. The sense of self-transcendence it is real but momentary, fleeting. And the connection it fosters between people is instant but limited by its own basic impersonality.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dash.licenseLAAen_US
dc.subjectLiterature, Comparativeen_US
dc.titleHumor as Epiphanic Awareness and Attempted Self-Transcendenceen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorShonkwiler, Curten_US
dc.date.available2015-03-18T13:09:39Z
thesis.degree.date2015en_US
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
thesis.degree.departmentComparative Literatureen_US
dash.identifier.vireohttp://etds.lib.harvard.edu/gsas/admin/view/139en_US
dc.description.keywordsComedy, Humoren_US
dash.author.emailcshonkwiler@gmail.comen_US
dash.identifier.drsurn-3:HUL.DRS.OBJECT:25119255en_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedShonkwiler, Curt


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