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Title Neo-Victorian humour : comic subversions and unlaughter in contemporary historical re-visions / edited by Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2017

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Series Neo-victorian series ; v. 5
Neo-Victorian series ; v. 5.
Contents Neo-Victorian Humour: Comic Subversions and Unlaughter in Contemporary Historical Re-Visions; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Notes on Contributors; What's So Funny about the Nineteenth Century?; Part 1: Humour and Metanarratives; 1 Parody after Providence: Christianity, Secularism, and the Form of Neo-Victorian Fiction; 2 Neo-Victorian Killing Humour: Laughing at Death in the Opium Wars; 3 "Bleak Hilarity" in Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty; 4 Drainage in a Time of Cholera: History and Humour in Matthew Kneale's Sweet Thames; Part 2: Humour and Gender
5 Looking at Victorian Fashion: Not a Laughing Matter6 Neo-Victorian Feminist History and the Political Potential of Humour; 7 Good Vibrations: Hysteria, Female Orgasm, and Medical Humour in Neo-Victorianism; 8 "People keep giving me rings, but I think a small death ray might be more practical": Women and Mad Science in Steampunk Comics; Part 3: Humour and Postmodernism; 9 "Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!": The Neo-Victorian Novel-as-Mashup and the Limits of Postmodern Irony; 10 Camp Heritage: Ken Russell's The Lair of the White Worm as Neo-Victorian Spectacle
11 Laughing (at) Freaks: "Bending the tune to her will" in Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus and Rosie Garland's The Palace of Curiosities12 The Dog Days of Empire: Black Humour and the Bestial in J.G. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur; Index
Summary This volume highlights humour?s crucial role in shaping historical re-visions of the long nineteenth century, through modes ranging from subtle irony, camp excess, ribald farce, and aesthetic parody to blackly comic narrative games. It analyses neo-Victorian humour?s politicisation, its ideological functions and ethical implications across varied media, including fiction, drama, film, webcomics, and fashion. Contemporary humour maps the assumed distance between postmodernity and its targeted nineteenth-century referents only to repeatedly collapse the same in a seemingly self-defeating nihilistic project. This collection explores how neo-Victorian humour generates empathy and effective socio-political critique, dispensing symbolic justice, but also risks recycling the past?s invidious ideologies under the politically correct guise of comic debunking, even to the point of negating laughter itself
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
English fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism
Comic, The, in literature.
Arts, Victorian -- Influence
Black humor.
Humor in literature.
Steampunk culture.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Novela inglesa -- s.20 -- Historia y crítica
Novela inglesa -- s.21 -- Historia y crítica
Humor -- En la literatura
Black humor
Comic, The, in literature
English fiction
Humor in literature
Steampunk culture
Genre/Form Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Kohlke, Marie-Luise
Gutleben, Christian
LC no. 2017018476
ISBN 9004336613
9789004336612