The Ironic Temper and the Comic Imagination (Humor in Life and Letters Series)

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The Ironic Temper and the Comic Imagination examines and illuminates the role which the ironic temper plays in the creation of complex literary comedy. The book focuses on ironic comedy, though not of the kind that is characterized by the surprises and shocks, the incongruities and reversals, of circumstantial irony. Circumstantial-or situational-irony cannot stand alone; it serves, for example, the aggressive functions of satire, or the irrational impulses of farce, or the benevolent, whimsical, or pain-defeating energies of humor.

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The Ironic Temper and the Comic Imagination examines and illuminates the role which the ironic temper plays in the creation of complex literary comedy.

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Morton Gurewitch has taught English at Brown University and at the State University of New York at Cortland. The author of Comedy: The Irrational Vision, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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