On the Comic and Laughter

Vladimir Propp
Edited and translated by Jean-Patrick Debbèche and Paul Perron

© 2009

An extensive investigation of the forms and functions of the comic, this lively and engaging English critical edition will be welcomed by those interested in laughter, comedy, folklore, Russian literature, and specific authors such as Gogol, Pushkin, Chekhov, Rabelais, Molière, and Shakespeare. The direct, humorous, and provocative style of this work, which tackles the subject of humour with a vast array of vivid examples encountered on every page, will certainly appeal to the contemporary reader.

Vladimir Propp takes various forms of laughter in literature and real life and addresses questions such as the comic of similarity, the comic of difference, parody, duping, incongruity, lying, ritual laughter, and carnival laughter. The author of the widely acclaimed Morphology of the Folktale has written an original, comprehensive, and exciting study on how humour works, and on everything you wanted to know about the genre, in a clear, approachable, and insightful manner.

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  • Series: Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 0.7in x 9.4in
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The author of the widely acclaimed Morphology of the Folktale has written an original, comprehensive, and exciting study on how humour works, and on everything you wanted to know about the genre, in a clear, approachable, and insightful manner.

On the Comic and Laughter

Vladimir Propp
Edited and translated by Jean-Patrick Debbèche and Paul Perron

© 2009

An extensive investigation of the forms and functions of the comic, this lively and engaging English critical edition will be welcomed by those interested in laughter, comedy, folklore, Russian literature, and specific authors such as Gogol, Pushkin, Chekhov, Rabelais, Molière, and Shakespeare. The direct, humorous, and provocative style of this work, which tackles the subject of humour with a vast array of vivid examples encountered on every page, will certainly appeal to the contemporary reader.

Vladimir Propp takes various forms of laughter in literature and real life and addresses questions such as the comic of similarity, the comic of difference, parody, duping, incongruity, lying, ritual laughter, and carnival laughter. The author of the widely acclaimed Morphology of the Folktale has written an original, comprehensive, and exciting study on how humour works, and on everything you wanted to know about the genre, in a clear, approachable, and insightful manner.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 0.7in x 9.4in
  • Reviews

    'Since the publication of Morphology of the Folktale, Vladimir Propp has been well known to folklorists, medievalists, and literary scholars. In The Comic and Laughter, readers will easily recognize Propp through his comprehensive knowledge of the material and his ability to rise above a collection of facts. This translation of The Comic and Laughter will attract all those who wish to explore the nature of humor and its reflection in literature.'


    Anatoly Liberman, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota
  • Author Information

    The late Vladimir Propp (1895-1970) was a literary critic and folklore specialist.



    Jean-Patrick Debbèche has a PhD in Semiotics and French Literature and is a researcher at the University of Toronto.



    Paul Perron is former Chair of the Department of French Studies at the University of Toronto and Principal emeritus of University College.

  • Table of contents

    Foreword by Jean-Patrick Debbèche and Paul Perron

    Methodology

    Types of Laughter and Ridiculing Laughter as a Type

    Those Who Laugh and Those Who Do Not

    The Ridiculous in Nature

    Preliminary Observations

    The Physical Side of Humans

    The Comic of Similarity

    The Comic of Difference

    Humans Disgused as Animals

    Humans as Things

    Ridiculing the Professions

    Parody

    Comic Exaggeration

    Thwarted Plans

    Duping

    Incongruity

    Lying

    The Verbal Devices of the Comic

    Comic Characters

    Role Exchange: 'Much Ado about Nothing'

    Benign Laughter

    Bitter and Cynical Laughter

    Joyful Laughter

    Ritual Laughter

    Carnival Laughter

    Conclusion, Results and Further Thoughts

    On Aesthetic Qualities

    Notes

    References

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