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The culmination of a lifetime's fascination with humour in all its forms, this book is the first in any language to embrace such an impressive span of authors and such a broad range of topics in French literary humour. In nine wide-ranging chapters Walter Redfern considers diverse writers and topics, including: Diderot, viewed as a laughing philosopher, mainly through his fiction (Les Bijoux indiscrets, Le Neeu de Rameau, and Jacques le fataliste); humourlessness, corraling Rousseau, Sade, the Christian God, and Jean-Pierre Brisset; the aesthete Huysmans, in both his avatars, Symbolist and Naturalist (A Rebours, Sac au dos, and other texts); the dramatic use of parrots by Flaubert, Queneau, and Beckett; Valles and la blague; exaggeration in Valles and Celine (Mort a credit and L'Enfant); the fiction, plays, and autobiography of Sartre; bad jokes in Beckett; wordplay in Tournier's fiction (especially Roi des aulnes and Les Meteores). F

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199237579
ISBN-10: 0199237573
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 146mm x 19mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Walter Redfern

Walter Redfern is Emeritus Professor of French Studies at Reading University. His research interests include Giono, Nizan, Queneau, Sartre, Darien, Valles, Tournier, Guilloux; wordplay; cliches; coinages, as well as 19th-century linguistics (J-P. Brisset). In addition to numerous articles on French nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, humour, and political commitment, his output includes BBC talks and scripts for programmes on language matters, a novel, short stories and poems. He has written several books, including, most recently, Puns, 2nd revised edition (Penguin, 2000).