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Shandean Humour in English and German Literature and Philosophy Klaus Vieweg

Shandean Humour in English and German Literature and Philosophy

Klaus Vieweg

Published March 30th 2013
ISBN : 9781907975318
Hardcover
184 pages
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One of many writers inspired by Laurence Sterne s Tristram Shandy, the German novelist Jean Paul Richter coined the term Shandean humour in his work of aesthetic theory. The essays in this volume investigate how Sterne s humour functions, the reasonsMoreOne of many writers inspired by Laurence Sterne s Tristram Shandy, the German novelist Jean Paul Richter coined the term Shandean humour in his work of aesthetic theory. The essays in this volume investigate how Sterne s humour functions, the reasons for its enduring appeal, and what role it played in identity-construction and in the representation of melancholy. In tracing its hitherto under-recognised impact both on literary writers, such as Jean Paul and Herman Melville, and on philosophers, including Hegel and Marx, the collection reveals that Shandean humour is a Grenzganger - a point of commerce not only between Anglophone and German discourses, but also between literature and philosophy. Klaus Vieweg is Professor of Philosophy at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena- James Vigus is postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of English and American Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich- Kathleen M. Wheeler is Reader in English Literature at the University of Cambridge.