Irony in the Age of Empire by Cynthia Willett
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Irony in the Age of Empire
By Cynthia Willett

Irony in the Age of Empire

Comic Perspectives on Democracy and Freedom

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Irony in the Age of Empire by Cynthia Willett

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Comedy, 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 Details

ISBN: 9780253219947
ISBN-10: 0253219949
Format: Paperback
(232mm x 158mm x 14mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 9-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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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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