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The Odd One in - (Short Circuits) by Alenka Zupancic (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 229

Genre: Philosophy

Sub-Genre: Criticism

Series Title: Short Circuits

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Mit Press

Age Range: Teen

Author: Alenka Zupancic

Language: English

Street Date: March 1, 2008
TCIN: 77779614
UPC: 9780262740319
Item Number (DPCI): 247-08-2539

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A Lacanian look at how comedy might come to philosophy's rescue, with examples ranging from Hegel and Moli�re to George W. Bush and Borat.

Why philosophize about comedy? What is the use of investigating the comical from philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives? In The Odd One In, Alenka Zupancic considers how philosophy and psychoanalysis can help us understand the movement and the logic involved in the practice of comedy, and how comedy can help philosophy and psychoanalysis recognize some of the crucial mechanisms and vicissitudes of what is called humanity.

Comedy by its nature is difficult to pin down with concepts and definitions, but as artistic form and social practice comedy is a mode of tarrying with a foreign object--of including the exception. Philosophy's relationship to comedy, Zupancic writes, is not exactly a simple story (and indeed includes some elements of comedy). It could begin with the lost book of Aristotle's Poetics, which discussed comedy and laughter (and was made famous by Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose). But Zupancic draws on a whole range of philosophers and exemplars of comedy, from Aristophanes, Moli�re, Hegel, Freud, and Lacan to George W. Bush and Borat. She distinguishes incisively between comedy and ideologically imposed, "naturalized" cheerfulness. Real, subversive comedy thrives on the short circuits that establish an immediate connection between heterogeneous orders. Zupancic examines the mechanisms and processes by which comedy lets the odd one in.

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