Irresponsible Self On Laughter and the Novel

ISBN-10: 0312424604
ISBN-13: 9780312424602
Edition: N/A
Authors: James Wood
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 4/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

JAMES WOOD is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a visiting lecturer at Harvard. In addition to How Fiction Works, he is the author of two essay collections, The Broken Estate and The Irresponsible Self, a novel, The Book Against God.

Introduction: Comedy and the Irresponsible Self
Don Quixote's Old and New Testaments
Shakespeare and the Pathos of Rambling
How Shakespeare's "Irresponsibility" Saved Coleridge
Dostoevsky's God
Isaac Babel and the Dangers of Exaggeration
Saltykov-Shchedrin's Subversion of Hypocrisy
Anna Karenina and Characterization
Italo Svevo's Unreliable Comedy
Giovanni Verga's Comic Sympathy
Joseph Roth's Empire of Signs
Bohumil Hrabal's Comic World
J. F. Powers and the Priests
Hysterical Realism
Jonathan Franzen and the "Social Novel"
Tom Wolfe's Shallowness, and the Trouble with Information
Salman Rushdie's Nobu Novel
Monica Ali's Novelties
Coetzee's Disgrace: A Few Skeptical Thoughts
Saul Bellow's Comic Style
The Real Mr. Biswas
V.S. Pritchett and English Comedy
Henry Green's England
A Long Day at the Chocolate Bar Factory: David Bezmozgis's Compassionate Irony

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