Framing Literary Humour
Cells, Masks and Bodies as 20th-Century Sites of Imprisonment
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Understanding imprisonment as a concrete spatial setting or a metaphorical image, Jeanne Mathieu-Lessard analyses selected works of Romain Gary, Giovannino Guareschi, Wyndham Lewis, Vladimir Nabokov and Luigi Pirandello to reconfigure confinement as an essential structural condition for the emergence of humour.
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. Humour and Imprisonment
2. Humour in the Cell: Prison Cells and War Camps
3. Social Entrapment: Humoristic Characters vs. the World
4. Humour in the Cells: Configurations of the Body as Prison
Conclusion: A Geometry of Humour
Examines how spaces of imprisonment incite humour as an expression of liberation in 20th-century European fiction.