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A cheerful nihilism; confidence and "the absurd" in American humorous fiction.


Bloomington, Indiana University Press [1971] .
ISBN 0253313457, 9780253313454

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Subjects Absurd (Philosophy) in literature.
Humor.
Humorous stories, American -- History and criticism.
Humorous stories, American.
Literatur.
Nihilism (Philosophy) in literature.
USA.
Description xiv, 269 pages 25 cm
Copyright Date [1971]
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. The American sisyphus: Sisyphus and absurd creation -- The absurd view and American humor -- 2. Faith and confidence: American solutions: Conscious and unconscious absurdity -- Puritan perplexity in action -- Jonathan Edwards: the solution of being -- Benjamin Franklin: man of confidence, confidence man -- 3. From the absurd frontier: The Native American absurdist -- The teller in the tall tale -- Biters and biters bit -- 4. The descent to faith: Herman Melville: Captain Cook's toe and other jolly puzzles -- Queequeg's coffin -- The confidence of The confidence-man -- The jokes in Billy Budd -- 5. The prisoner at the window: Mark Twain: A high and dangerous view -- The innocent absurdist -- The failure of absurd creation -- Tragedy traps -- 6. The prime maniacal risibility: William Faulkner: Inventing enough stuff -- Snopes was here -- The savage caricaturist -- 7. The fruitful fruitless odysseys: John Barth: Odyssey in the funhouse -- Mythotherpay -- Epic circles -- 8. A heritage of corpses: Creation on the run -- The giggle in the jungle.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)134875
(OCoLC)ocm00134875
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Hauck, Richard Boyd, 1936-
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