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Calvinist Humor in American Literature

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  • 219 Nombre de pages
Texte du rabat Though the phrase ?Calvinist Humor? may seem to be an oxymoron, Dunne, in highly original and unfailingly interesti... Lire la suite
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Though the phrase ?Calvinist Humor? may seem to be an oxymoron, Dunne, in highly original and unfailingly interesting readings of major American fiction writers, uncovers and traces two recurrent strands of Calvinist humor descending from Puritan times far into the twentieth century. Calvinist doctrine views mankind as fallen, apt to engage in any number of imperfect behaviors. Calvinist humor, Dunne explains, consists in the perception of this imperfection. When we perceive that only others are imperfect, we participate in the form of Calvinist humor preferred by William Bradford and Nathaneal West. When we perceive that others are imperfect, as we all are, we participate in the form preferred by Mark Twain and William Faulkner, for example. Either by noting their characters? inferiority, or by observing ways in which we are all far from perfect, Dunne observes, American writers have found much to laugh about and many occasions for Calvinist humor.

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Titre: Calvinist Humor in American Literature
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Code EAN: 9780807132609
ISBN: 978-0-8071-3260-9
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Louisiana State Univ Pr
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 219
Poids: 413g
Taille: H221mm x B148mm x T22mm
Année: 2007