Irony's antics : Walser, Kafka, Roth, and the German comic tradition / Erica Weitzman.
- Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2015.
xi, 257 pages ; 24 cm
- Walser, Robert, 1878-1956 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Roth, Joseph, 1894-1939 -- Criticism and interpretation.
German literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Irony in literature.
Comic, The, in literature.
Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924.
Roth, Joseph, 1894-1939.
Walser, Robert, 1878-1956.
- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
- This book marks a major intervention into the underexplored role of the comic in German letters. At the book's heart is the relationship between the comic and irony. Weitzman argues that in the early twentieth century, irony, a key figure for the German Romantics, reemerged from its relegation to "nonsense" ; in a way that both rethought Romantic irony and dramatically extended its reach. Through readings of works by Robert Walser, Franz Kafka, and Joseph Roth, as well as theorists of the comic such as Freud, Schlegel, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Jean Paul, 'Irony's Antics' traces the development of a specifically comic irony, a play with irony that is itself the condition for all play. It thus constitutes a significant advance in German literary history and shows how the question of the comic has been and continues to be decisive for modern thought.
- Introduction : the comic ethos
Senses of humor : the origins of comic irony
The playgrounds of literature : Robert Walser
Slap happy : comic Kafka
Bearing wit to history : Joseph Roth
Conclusion : last laughs.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-246) and index.
- 9780810129832 (cloth : alk. paper)
0810129833 (cloth : alk. paper)
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