Pleasure of Fools

Pleasure of Fools

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Men cannot laugh heartily without showing their teeth, quipped Samuel Butler. From St Paul to Descartes to Adorno, scholars and writers have questioned the ethics of laughter - any laughter. In The Pleasure of Fools, Jure Gantar wrestles with our moral right to laugh and the limitations of contemporary critical approaches.Through a reading of Aristophanes, Rabelais, MoliAure, Fielding, and Rostand, Victorian nonsense poetry, and the philosophical texts of Plato, Dante, and More, Gantar explores the reasons for criticsa#39; prejudice against comedy, the specific ...

Title:Pleasure of Fools
Author: Jure Gantar
Publisher:McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP - 2005-08-02

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