Irony in the Age of Empire
Comic Perspectives on Democracy and Freedom
By (author) Cynthia Willett
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Irony in the Age of Empire by Cynthia Willett
Book DescriptionComedy, from social ridicule to the unruly laughter of the carnival, provides effective tools for reinforcing social patterns of domination as well as weapons for emancipation. In Irony in the Age of Empire, Cynthia Willett asks: What could embody liberation better than laughter? Why do the oppressed laugh? What vision does the comic world prescribe? For Willett, the comic trumps standard liberal accounts of freedom by drawing attention to bodies, affects, and intimate relationships, topics which are usually neglected by political philosophy. Willett's philosophical reflection on comedy issues a powerful challenge to standard conceptions of freedom by proposing a new kind of freedom that is unapologetically feminist, queer, and multiracial. This book provides a wide-ranging, original, thoughtful, and expansive discussion of citizenship, social manners, and political freedom in our world today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253219947
(232mm x 158mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 9-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Cynthia Willett
Soul of Justice, Paperback (August 2001)
Cynthia Willett brings together diverse insights from social psychology, classical and contemporary literature, and legal and justice theory to redefine the basis of the moral and legal person. Feminists, communitarians, and postmodern thinkers have...
Theorizing Multiculturalism, Paperback (April 1998)
Brings together the theories of multiculturalism from a multiplicity of philosophical perspectives. By challenging the impasses of the postmodern critique, this book serves to explore the possibility of a grounding work in multiculturalism and diversity without resorting to the foundationalism of traditional philosophy.
Maternal Ethics and Other Slave Moralities, Paperback (April 1998)» View all books by Cynthia Willett
This analysis uncovers the ways in which maternal subjectivities serve as a critique of instrumental reason, how mothers, blacks and other 'slaves' of history are transforming the repressive culture which, in the West, assumes the name of Reason.
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Author Biography - Cynthia Willett
Cynthia Willett is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University, where she currently serves as the chair of the department. She is author of Soul of Justice and Maternal Ethics and Other Slave Moralities.
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