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Nonrepresentational Forms of the Comic

Humor, Irony, and Jokes


Marcella Tarozzi Goldsmith

This book examines three different comical forms: humor, irony, and jokes from the philosophical and the ethical points of view. The theme connects these forms in their linguistic expression but distinguishes them by pointing out the differences in their social function. The result of this analysis is that humor reveals itself as being the least social form of the comic while jokes reflect the highest level of socialization. Examination of the social function of the comic highlights the rapport between the comical form and transgressive modes of expression.
Contents: from Hegel to Freud - Humor: its narcissism and resolution of guilt - Irony: Socratic; comical irony and its meaning - Jokes: innocent and tendentious, and Lacan's evaluation.