Sunday, August 21, 2022

Not just for laughs …

… Wanted: More Comic Novels. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

A comic novel isn’t necessarily one that sets out to be funny above all else. As critic James Wood has written, “comedy is the angle at which most of us see the world, the way that our very light is filtered”. The comic mode can take many forms. In the English language, think of Sterne’s encompassing digressions, Austen’s irony, Dickens’ drollery, and Joyce’s puns and parodies

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