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First, his thesis would be more complete, and I think somewhat altered, if Abel
had considered what comedy is. Without wanting to suggest that comedy and
tragedy divide the dramatic universe between them, I would argue that they are
At this point the Surrealist arts of terror link up with the deepest meaning of
comedy: the assertion of invulnerability. In the heart of comedy, there is emotional
anesthesia. What permits us to laugh at painful and grotesque events is that we ...
heightening of the norm of feeling; in the case of comedy, it is by underreacting
and misreacting according to the norms of feeling. Surrealism is perhaps the
farthest extension of the idea of comedy, running the full range from wit to terror.
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If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review