From Short Circuits. Bush and Borat. Why philosophize about comedy? What is the use of investigating the comical from philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives?

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Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. Bush and Borat. Why philosophize about comedy? What is the use of investigating the comical from philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives? In The Odd One In , Alenka Zupancic considers how philosophy and psychoanalysis can help us understand the movement and the logic involved in the practice of comedy, and how comedy can help philosophy and psychoanalysis recognize some of the crucial mechanisms and vicissitudes of what is called humanity.

Philosophy's relationship to comedy, Zupancic writes, is not exactly a simple story and indeed includes some elements of comedy. It could begin with the lost book of Aristotle's Poetics , which discussed comedy and laughter and was made famous by Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. Real, subversive comedy thrives on the short circuits that establish an immediate connection between heterogeneous orders.

Zupancic examines the mechanisms and processes by which comedy lets the odd one in. Alenka Zupancic, a Slovenian psychoanalytic theorist and philosopher, teaches at the European Graduate School and is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and the Arts. Zupancic has written a book that presents a major new theory of comedy from a philosophical and psychoanalytic perspective: her ideas are both a contribution to the great tradition of comic discourse and a remarkably original intervention, with exceptionally powerful interpretive implications.

This is the great theory of comedy that we have been waiting for, one that can make sense of Hegel and the Marx Brothers, Aristophanes and Borat. It is elegantly written, and spangled with extraordinary philosophical thinking and cultural insights. The publication of Alenka Zupancic's new book gives us reason to be consoled for the discussion of comedy that is missing from Aristotle's Poetics. In The Gay Science , Nietzsche proclaims 'long live physics! It is only with Alenka Zupancic's new philosophical study of comedy, The Odd One In , that it finally becomes possible to understand Nietzsche's paradoxical claim.

This shift of emphasis from the 'tragic' to the 'comic flaw' in human existence opens up a world of new possibilities for thinking about politics, religion, ethics, and everyday life. Add to Wishlist. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Temporarily Out of Stock Online Please check back later for updated availability.

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The Odd One In

Incarnation is comedy, and comedy always involves incarnation. It may come as little surprise to say that comedy is an extremely difficult subject of investigation — not only because if the multiplicity of various techniques and procedures involved in its process, but also because this process is in constant motion. Indeed, this irresistible motion is one of the key features of comedy, which is why it seems so difficult to pin down with concepts and definitions. Moreover, comedy lives in the same world as its definitions in a much more emphatic sense than this could be said for other genres , and is quite capable of its own definitions as material to be submitted to further comic treatment, turned upside down, or inside out….


The Odd One In: On Comedy

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Having only semi-read her book on Kant and Lacan, and honestly not remembering much from that reading, I was simply curious to see what she has to say about such an awkward topic as "comedy" — even though I've only gotten through Part I, it is amazingly erudite discussion of everything from more or less … Read More. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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