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Laughter and Power


John Parkin and John Philllips

Contents: John Parkin/John Phillips: Foreword – Gaëtan Brulotte: Laughing at Power – Barbara Bowen: Obscure Men and Smelly Goats in Neo-Latin Satire – Elizabeth Woodrough: Molière, The Mufti and the Monarch: Laughter and Stage Spectacle in Le Bourgeois gentilhomme – John Phillips: ‘Laugh? I nearly died!’ Humour in Sade’s Fiction – Walter Redfern: A Little Bird Tells Us: Parrots in Flaubert, Queneau, Beckett (and Tutti Quanti) – John Parkin: The Power of Laughter: Koestler on Bergson and Freud – John Phillips: ‘L’insoutenable légèreté du rire’: Laughter and Power in Milan Kundera’s La Lenteur and Vivant Denon’s Point de Lendemain – John Parkin: Doinel dominé: Sexual Humour in Truffaut’s Antoine cycle – Patrick Corcoran: Black Humour: La Vie et demie de Sony Labou Tansi – Jane Weston: Charlie Hebdo and Joyful Resistance.